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Why pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn’t smoke marijuana

September 6, 2018

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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September 10, 2018

Thanks Claire. This is a helpful follow up to your June article about second hand pot smoke. I wish I could share it with a relative who regularly smokes and breast feeds, and who’s child has had developmental stumbling blocks. And that’s not to say in any way that pot is the cause, but WHY RISK IT? And the answer is because the pot smoking community has a strong advocacy and culture around how safe it is (this is the greatest drug ever, so don’t be a bummer man!) I have had many issues with loved ones in my life with pot addiction, and it’s affects on them and myself as the non-smoker. Granted it’s psychologically addictive (yet for some folks seriously addictive), but is also a gateway drug (I’ve seen it first hand). Cannabis definitely has its values, but they are way overblown in my book.

September 10, 2018

yes its good information for women and specially for pregnant women’s and i think marijuana is not safe for any person.
thank you.

September 8, 2018

I didn’t read the entire article, but I think it should be obvious that no pregnant woman should be using drugs of any kind while she’s pregnant. Although the thinking these days seems to be that marijuana is totally harmless, it is not.

September 7, 2018

Although I agree a pregnant or nursing mother should avoid any drugs, cannabis is about as dangerous as caffeine to your child. You state, “there are many other ways of managing nausea.” I’m assuming you mean some big Pharma pill, which is no doubt more harmful and less effective than cannabis. Instead of issuing useless warnings and baseless fears, try educating yourself on this medicinal juggernaut of a plant. Oh, and that education won’t be found in any big Pharma playbook.

Amanda Flynn
September 6, 2018

Because there are so many reliable “studies” on Marijuana in Pregnancy. Like this one:

Best to err on the side of caution til more data is in.

September 6, 2018

Great blog very informative. Thanks for sharing

Michael DeMare
September 6, 2018

Not to mention that at least in states where marijuana is illegal, after birth both mother and child will be tested illegal substances in the blood. If either test positive the hospital is required to report tat information to CPS (Children’s Protective Services) who will probably try to take your child from you. I suspect you think this is harsh and unlikely and so did I, untill they did it to my daughter. My wife and I now have custody oy our grandson. It could have turned out much worse. Don’t smoke weed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or around your kids.

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