The following counseling points are adapted from the California Cannabis Health Information Initiative “Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women and Cannabis” fact sheet.
Cannabis Can Harm Your Baby
Consuming cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot, etc.) can affect the health of your baby and is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who plan to become pregnant soon.
Research shows that if you use cannabis while you are pregnant or breastfeeding:
- Your baby may be born with a lower birth weight.1,11 A low birth weight baby is more likely to have health problems, especially in the first year of life.12
- The growth and development of your baby’s brain can be harmed.13,14
How Cannabis Affects Your Baby
No matter how you use cannabis (smoking, dabbing, vaping, eating, or drinking), one of the main active components in cannabis, THC, will reach your baby in three ways:
- Through your bloodstream and into the placenta (the organ that feeds your baby during pregnancy).15,16
- Through your breast milk.5,17,18 “Pumping and Dumping” doesn’t work. THC is stored in fat cells and is slowly released into your breast milk over several weeks.19
- Through secondhand smoke that enters your baby’s lungs.20,21