420 ALERT! Marijuana Not Safe in Pregnancy or While Breast Feeding

Marijuana is not safe for use in pregnancy or while breast feeding!

THC, the chemical in marijuana, crosses the placenta and is also found in breast milk. Smoking marijuana has the added risk from harmful smoke but all forms of marijuana expose your baby to harmful THC .  THC exposure at this early stage of life has been shown to decreased academic ability/cognitive function and increase attention deficits.  There is no safe time or levels regarding marijuana in pregnancy.

Is it illegal to use marijuana in pregnancy in CO?

Perhaps! Some hospitals test babies after birth for drugs including marijuana. If your baby tests positive for THC child protective services must be notified.

What about medical marijuana? Use for Nausea in pregnancy?

Please talk to your doctor to see if safer options are available.

Marijuana is not a safe choice for nausea in pregnancy!

Is it safe to use marijuana while breast feeding?

The answer is NO!

THC crosses into breast milk.

THC is stored in body fat. Infants brains and bodies have a lot of fat so THC can be stored in their bodies for a long time.

Can I pump and dump?

There is limited data on how long it takes THC to clear from breast milk so pumping and dumping is not recommended.




About Beth Roland

Dr. Roland is a board certified Ob/Gyn doctor practicing medicine for more than 20 years. She completed her internship and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and received awards for being the best minimally invasive surgical resident.

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