Almost 9 out of 10 pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, yet it’s one of the most under treated diagnoses out there. Women chalk it up to “normal changes”, “to be expected”, a “sign that the pregnancy is normal”. There is some truth to these statements … but still. No one should have to suck up months of nausea and vomiting when there are some remedies to help you through!
I was taken aback by this stoplight the other day. Fallen over, still functioning, and confusing everyone who saw it. You have to pay attention – green does not always mean go.
Green does not mean go for pregnant women either, in a different way. Ohhhhh yes, we’re going to talk about that green.
We don’t really know how many women use marijuana during pregnancy … probably anywhere from 3 to 34%. Different regions have higher (helloooo Colorado) or lower levels of use, and women may be hesitant to disclose their use so we can’t get a proper count.
But we see the trend. More and more states are making it legal to use marijuana, both medically and recreationally. As of late 2015, 23 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Four of these states – Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado- have also legalized use of recreational marijuana. California keeps trying but failing.
But how safe is it in pregnancy?
There are no absolute answers, but a recently published composite review (yes, marijuana is getting press from all sides) assessed information from hundreds and hundreds of studies. They looked at risks and benefits for women using marijuana during pregnancy
Below, the quick and dirty:
Getting your omega-3s during pregnancy may have a bundle of benefits.
- reduced risk of preterm labor. We think unexplained preterm labor may be associated with inflammation in general. Omega-3s decrease inflammation so may also decrease preterm labor associated with inflammation.
- smaller incidence of low birthweight infants. I’m not exactly sure why, but omega-3s are vasodilators. More blood flow to baby equals more nutrients equals better growth.
- reduced peripartum depression.
- reduced risk of diabetes or high blood pressure related to pregnancy (gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension/ preeclampsia).
You need them. You want them. HOW CAN YOU GET THEM?