As more states legalize marijuana, the number of pregnant women who smoke marijuana is rising — and this could be really bad for babies. In2. Inthat number was up to 3.
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F or new moms experiencing nausea — or simply those who are stressed out — online support groups are filled with women citing the benefits of marijuana. But despite the growing acceptance of cannabis, research suggests that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid the drug. A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found that low levels of the chemicals in marijuana were measurable in breast milk up to six days after women had smoked pot or eaten an edible.
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There has been a surge in the number of individuals engaging in the use of medicinal and recreational marijuana probably due to an increase in availability and accessibility following the legalisation of the marijuana in many states in the USA and soon in Canada. Unlike in the past, marijuana is rapidly becoming the most recreational drug of abuse among pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Breast milk has numerous health benefits to the baby and the mother and it is strongly recommended for mothers to breastfeed their newborn and infants with only breast milk in the first six months of life.
A small pilot study of eight women suggests that mothers who smoke marijuana transfer small amounts of THC to their children via breastmilk. Smoking pot during pregnancy has received much more attention. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
Now that you've made it through pregnancy, you'll probably be adding a lot of the things on the "off-limits" list back to your diet and your life. But while breastfeeding doesn't come with all the restrictions that pregnancy does in terms of what you can and can't do, one no-no that carries over is using pot. When you smoke or eat marijuana, the active ingredient in the drug tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC circulates through your bloodstream.
Maternal judgment may be impaired. Any secondhand smoke the baby is exposed to increases the amount of the drug your baby receives. Also, because street drugs are rarely pure, marijuana may be laced with other drugs or substances that can also be harmful to the breastfeeding baby.
Researchers took samples of breast milk from eight anonymous test subjects who regularly used cannabis, and tested the milk for the presence of deltatetrahydrocannabinol THC and its metabolites. The milk was tested 20 minutes after the study subjects smoked marijuana and then at one, two, and four hours post-use. THC levels were highest at one hour after study subjects smoked cannabis. Infants who breastfed exclusively ingested an estimated 2.