marijuana and pregnancyWomen who used marijuana during pregnancy and after childbirth share their stories.

Marijuana and Pregnancy: Stories from Pot-Using Moms

In our three previous articles on marijuana and pregnancy, we heard from expert cannabis researcher Dr. Melanie Dreher.

She discovered that Jamaican women who combine marijuana and pregnancy create better outcomes for themselves and their children.

Our articles show that marijuana and pregnancy go well together because marijuana is a safe, natural medicine that helps women deal with common problems such as nausea, depression, and pain.

Our articles also report that drug warriors lie when they claim that pot-smoking moms endanger their fetuses.

In fact, the government’s own research disproves that claim.

In today’s article, the final one in this series, you’ll love reading marijuana and pregnancy testimonials from female friends and acquaintances who’ve been kind enough to share their thoughts and experiences with us…

“In my first pregnancy I started having morning sickness in the ninth week.

It was the most disgusting feeling. I had to work while I was pregnant and it was making me lose pay.

I was also concerned I might lose my job, which would mean losing my health insurance and having to have my baby on Medicaid.

Unlike in other countries where a woman doesn’t have to worry about quality medical care especially during pregnancy, in our country you’re pretty much on your own, because Medicaid is bare bones and you end up with the worst doctors and in the worst hospitals.

You really do have to have a job, money, and health insurance or you and your unborn child are at risk.

I used to use marijuana and knew that it settles your stomach, and it can be good when you’re pregnant for depression, stress, aches and pains.

But my job had drug testing, so I had a no-win and kind of scary decision to make.

I decided to use marijuana in the form of topical extracts that I put on my abdomen. I also got some capsules.

The morning sickness would disappear or be tolerable when I used marijuana.

If I didn’t use it, I’d get the sickness again.

My doctor offered me this prescription called Zofran and told me marijuana is very dangerous; those were his words, ‘very dangerous.’

But I tried the Zofran when I didn’t have my medical marijuana, and Zorfran is dangerous.

It can have side effects that make you really sick.

So I chose to use marijuana and not Zofran.

When human resources came to me asking for the quarterly drug test, I told them because I’m pregnant I want to delay it.

I stopped having morning sickness in the fifth month of pregnancy and was lucky that the marijuana wasn’t in my system when they finally did the drug test.

I think it’s wrong that a woman has to choose between losing her job, having to use a chemical instead of marijuana, or using the medicine she wants to use.”

“My parents and sisters know I’m a toker so they told me to quit buds before I got pregnant and to not get high anymore.

They told me scare stories about babies with birth defects and being really small if you smoke buds, so I quit and then about 6 months later I was pregnant.

For some women pregnancy is a really happy time and they feel great.

Not me. I hated it. I seriously considered an abortion. I didn’t like being weighed down. I was worried about whether I’d be a good mom.

I hated that I was fat and bloated. I hated the weird vomiting and I also felt depressed.

I went to a clinic doctor and put me on an anti-depressant called Zoloft.

It made me feel worse so I stopped after three weeks.

He didn’t even mention that it would have affected the fetus too. I think that’s totally stupid that he put me on that.

At four months into the pregnancy I was miserable and even suicidal, and that’s when I started getting high again.

It helps that one of my closest friends is a marijuana grower.

He provided me Haze and Purple Urkle at reduced prices.

Those buds immediately made the physical sickness go away, improved my appetite, and made me happier.

I wouldn’t have gotten through pregnancy without marijuana.

And it has continued to help me be a happy, patient, and kind mom. If my baby could talk, he’d tell you his mama is happier and nicer because she uses marijuana!”

“I stopped using cannabis but started again in my third trimester.

When I started using it again, I used a vaporizer instead of smoking joints, because I was concerned about the effects of combusted smoke.

I started using cannabis as a pain reliever, because my joints were aching due to the weight.

I could tell it was a very large baby and I’m a small person. I wanted cannabis as a topical and as medibles to help me through the delivery. I wasn’t looking forward to the birth process. It scared me.

I also had muscle cramps, muscle soreness, and tension.

Eating marijuana medibles made all the difference so that I enjoyed the last trimester.

However, the birth was very difficult and I had to undergo a Cesarean.

Not only was this painful but it also severely traumatized the baby.

I’ve done research since then and discovered that Cesarean births are way over-prescribed.

My body hurt a lot, I had headaches, and I felt post-partum depression, so I continued to use cannabis.

I favored the Sativa types but during the pregnancy I favored the Indica and the OG Kush.

Some people told me my baby would be dependent on marijuana because it would come into her from my milk.

Not only is my little girl not dependent on marijuana, she’s also way ahead of her peers in terms of body development, walking, language, and self-awareness.

The cannabis high was very helpful in my pregnancy and as a mom. It completely eliminates the painfulness, headaches, and emotional worries.

Some of my friends who had problems during pregnancy turned to alcohol, painkillers, and other drugs.

One of them had a baby born with problems because of the alcohol.

It is my strong feeling that marijuana and pregnancy are a good combination and I resent the fact that the government and some doctors and hospitals try to interfere with our right to use this plant.

The things that doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies do to pregnant women and their kids are far worse than anything marijuana does.”

“Traditional women’s wisdom includes midwives using herbs to help women throughout their reproductive lives.

Before I ever got pregnant I talked to a marijuana midwife.

She explained that cannabis is one of several herbs, including black cohosh, valerian, and passionflower, that can help women deal with pregnancy and childbirth issues.

Marijuana and pregnancy are a good match because cannabis balances hormonal responses, mitigates the pain associated with uterine contractions, and changes consciousness so pregnancy and childbirth are less stressful.

When I told her I was choosing to become pregnant, she worked with me ahead of time to learn what strains of marijuana help me achieve tranquility.

She had me try different dose levels of inhaled and edible cannabis, and different strains.

We finally settled on a Purple variety, because it made me feel so chill and happy.

Contrasted to my sister, who is against marijuana and used prescribed drugs like Zofran during her pregnancy, I spent my pregnancy and childbirth in a marijuana-assisted pleasant zone.

She was in discomfort for most of her pregnancy, and had to be given an epdiural [anesthesia] just to make it through childbirth.

But my pregnancy was very calm and even pleasurable, because I was using marijuana.

And the childbirth experience, instead of being a terrible ordeal, was joyous, because of medical marijuana.

Marijuana and pregnancy go together well for women who find cannabis pleasant.

There should be more midwives and hospitals that incorporate marijuana into their strategies for making women and their children happier and more comfortable.”

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