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The Harms of Smoking Pot While Pregnant

The Harms of Smoking Pot While Pregnant
Alanis Morissette, the Canadian songstress who penned the tune Mary Jane, admits to using pot in the past to juice up her creativity. But when she became pregnant she gave up the weed.
 
It seems like it was a good health decision to make – for her and her developing child. Smoking pot while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding is dangerous for your fetus and future child. Studies show that when you expose your fetus to marijuana chances are your child will have lower test scores on visual problem-solving, visual analysis, and visual and motor coordination, plus behavioral problems and a decreased attention span -- all lifelong handicaps.
 
Unfortunately, according to a report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit (in some places) drug during pregnancy, with roughly half of female marijuana users continuing to smoke it while pregnant. Self-reported prevalence of marijuana use during pregnancy ranges from 2 to 5% of all pregnant women and 15 to 28% of young, economically-deprived urban women. And switching to edible pot may not be less hazardous for your offspring; the psychoactive chemicals still go into your blood stream and then the fetus’s. And a recent report shows 25% of the legal products deliver a lot more of pot’s active ingredient, THC, than their label says!

Looking for ways to mellow out while you’re pregnant? Maybe try some yoga or check out these stress-relieving tactics.
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