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Medical Marijuana and Morning Sickness - Mothering.com (2004)

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Medical Marijuana: A Surprising Solution to Severe Morning Sickness
By Erin Hildebrandt
Issue 124 May/June 2004

As is the case for many young women, my indulgence in recreational drugs, including alcohol and caffeine, came to an abrupt halt when my husband and I discovered we were pregnant with our first child. To say we were ecstatic is an understatement. Doctors had told me we might never conceive, yet here we were, expecting our first miracle. I closely followed my doctor’s recommendations. When I began to experience severe morning sickness, I went to him for help. He ran all of the standard tests, then sent me home with the first of many prescription medicines.

Weeks passed, and, as the nausea and vomiting increased, I began to lose weight. I was diagnosed as having hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe and constant form of morning sickness. I started researching the condition, desperately searching for a solution. I tried wristbands, herbs, yoga, pharmaceuticals, meditation—everything I could think of. Ultimately, after losing 20 pounds in middle pregnancy, and being hospitalized repeatedly for dehydration and migraines, I developed preeclampsia and was told an emergency cesarean was necessary. My dreams of a normal birth were shattered, but our baby boy, though weighing only 4 pounds 14 ounces and jaundiced from the perinatal medications I’d been given, was relatively healthy.

When, six months later, I again found myself pregnant, I was even more determined to have a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy, and sought out the care of the best perinatologist in the area. At first, I was impressed. This doctor assured me he had all the answers, and that, under his expert care, my baby and I would never experience a moment of discomfort. However, as my belly swelled, I grew more and more ill, and my faith in my dream doctor began to falter. What convinced me to change healthcare providers midstream was this doctor’s honesty. He admitted that, due to constraints imposed on him by his malpractice-insurance company, some routine procedures that he knew to be harmful would be required of me. We left his office that day and never went back.

As I searched for a new doctor, I ran across information about midwifery and homebirth. At first, I thought this was simply crazy. Have a baby at home, with no doctor? No way! I thought. But, as I began examining the statistics, I discovered an unexpected pattern. In studies comparing planned home versus hospital births, planned homebirths, with a midwife in attendance, have lower rates of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Not only that, but midwives’ rates of such invasive procedures as amniotomy and episiotomy are much lower. Everything I had believed about birth and medicine suddenly came into question. I located a midwife and made an appointment to see her.

We were very impressed with this woman’s education and experience, and were delighted to invite her into our home to share in our second birth. She gave me many new ideas to try to abate the morning sickness, which still plagued me. But despite her best efforts with herbs, homeopathic remedies, and even chiropractic care, my illness remained intractable.

About this time, I ran into an old, dear friend from college. When Jenny came to visit me one particularly awful day, we shared stories of the old days, and I soon found myself laughing as I hadn’t laughed in years. Despite being interrupted by numerous trips to worship the porcelain god, it felt wonderful to share some time with her. But when we began talking about my burgeoning belly, I broke down in sobs. I told her about how I was desperately afraid of what this malnutrition was doing to my baby. I explained how my midwife had told me that preeclampsia appears to be a nutritional disorder of pregnancy, and I didn’t know how I could avoid it if I couldn’t eat.

Jenny listened and cried with me. Then, she tentatively produced a joint from her jacket pocket. I was shocked. We had shared a lot of these in college, but I had no idea she still smoked. Slowly, she began telling me that she knew some women who smoked marijuana for morning sickness, and it really helped them. She hadn’t known anyone with as severe a form of the illness as I had, but reasoned that if it works to quell the side effects of chemotherapy, it must work well.

Understandably, I was concerned about what kind of effect marijuana might have on my baby. The only information I had ever heard on the subject was that it was a dangerous drug that should not be used in pregnancy. We discussed for some time the possibility that it could be harmful, though neither of us had enough information to make any sort of truly informed decision. What finally convinced me to give it a try was Jenny’s compelling reasoning. “Well, you know that not eating or drinking more than sips of tea and nibbles of crackers is definitely harmful, right? You might as well give this a try and see what happens. You don’t have much to lose.”

She was right. I was 32 weeks along and had already lost 30 pounds. I had experienced four days of vomiting tea, broth, crackers, and toast. Nothing would stay down long. In an excited, giggly, reminiscing mood, I told her to “Fire it up!” I took two puffs of the tangy, piney smoke. As it took effect, I felt my aches and nausea finally leave me. Jenny and I reclined against my old beanbag, and I began sobbing again and unintelligibly thanking her—here was the miracle I had prayed for. A few minutes later, when I calmed down, we ordered a pizza. That was the best pizza I had ever tasted—and I kept down every bite.

It was sad that I had to discover the benefits of this medicine late in my second pregnancy, through trial and error, and not learned of them long before—from my doctors. This experience launched a much safer and more intelligent investigation into the use of cannabis during pregnancy.

I spent hour after hour poring over library books that contained references to medical marijuana and marijuana in pregnancy. Most of what I found was either a reference to the legal or political status of marijuana in medicine, or medical references that simply said that doctors discourage the use of any “recreational drug” during pregnancy. This was before I discovered the Internet, so my resources were limited. The little I could find that described the actual effects on a fetus of a mother’s smoking cannabis claimed that there was little to no detectable effect, but, as this area was relatively unstudied, it would be unethical to call it “safe.” I later discovered that midwives had safely used marijuana in pregnancy and birth for thousands of years. Old doctors’ tales to the contrary, this herb was far safer than any of the pharmaceuticals prescribed for me by my doctors to treat the same condition. I confidently continued my use of marijuana, knowing that, among all options available to me, it was the safest, wisest choice...


Welcoming our 6th baby, 3rd home birth and 1st unassisted birth on 2-10-10.



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kcangel63
by Freebirther on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:14 PM

BTW - I found this article interesting. I am very into natural medicines and herbs. This in no way means that I use cannabis, but it does mean that it can be (and is) a helpful natural medicine. The DEA Law Judge (Francis Young) said himself it "is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man". I would much rather use cannabis, than a pharmaceutical drug, though.

tyrelsmom
by Silver Member on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM
Just like any pharmaceutical drug. Sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks.
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mem82
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I don't think there are any reasons why I would resort to drug use during pregnancy. Smoking a cigarette would help calm my nerves or my stomach, too but I wouldn't do that, either. Not judging, just my opinion. I would also wonder about the baby's organ functions. If smoking cigarettes hurt the heart of a fetus, I imagine, smoking anything would do so, too. Also, if you are getting high, you're getting your baby high. I think everyone has to make their own lines in the sand about they will or won't risk. 8)

Elyssa414
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM
I have been suffering from severe morning sickness, 24 hours a day, I even had to go to the ER for a cracked rib from vomiting so violently, and now it hurts to breath. I've tried every single natural and homeopathic remedy and Zofran. I've gotten IV's for dehydration... Nothing helps much. I've really considered marijuana, but I would want to talk to my midwife first, and I'm scared shell think I'm a druggy or something or that I'm a terrible person who doesn't care about my baby if I ask... So, I guess I'll keep suffering through...
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genemommy09
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM
Yes it is said that "smoking" is not the best way to take in POT .....BUT in todays medical ways of MJ we all know of other ways to injest this miracle "drug" in the form of eddibles there is nothing stating that it is unsafe for baby.......I am a card carrier in the state of colorado and also 29weeks pregnant ......in extreme cases the benefits DO out weigh the risks......if you have any questions about other alternatives to "smoking" MJ please feel free to PM me......
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DessC
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:37 PM

BUMP!

kcangel63
by Freebirther on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM


Quoting genemommy09:

Yes it is said that "smoking" is not the best way to take in POT .....BUT in todays medical ways of MJ we all know of other ways to injest this miracle "drug" in the form of eddibles there is nothing stating that it is unsafe for baby.......I am a card carrier in the state of colorado and also 29weeks pregnant ......in extreme cases the benefits DO out weigh the risks......if you have any questions about other alternatives to "smoking" MJ please feel free to PM me......

Agreed.  Vaporizing and eating is a much more benneficial way (also for other medicinal herbs).  We have a vaporizer that I can use for my RRL if I don't feel like making it into tea. 

Welcoming our 6th baby, 3rd home birth and 1st unassisted birth on 2-10-10.



Excited about...


mem82
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

But, if I remember high school correctly *cough* you can get stoned eating it. 8) May not be as potent, but still it alters you. I just wouldn't want to do it to my baby.

Quoting kcangel63:


Quoting genemommy09:

Yes it is said that "smoking" is not the best way to take in POT .....BUT in todays medical ways of MJ we all know of other ways to injest this miracle "drug" in the form of eddibles there is nothing stating that it is unsafe for baby.......I am a card carrier in the state of colorado and also 29weeks pregnant ......in extreme cases the benefits DO out weigh the risks......if you have any questions about other alternatives to "smoking" MJ please feel free to PM me......

Agreed.  Vaporizing and eating is a much more benneficial way (also for other medicinal herbs).  We have a vaporizer that I can use for my RRL if I don't feel like making it into tea. 


kcangel63
by Freebirther on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:55 PM

If I understand correctly, you don't want to "use" enough to get stoned.  You only take enough to make the sickness go away.  :)  They shouldn't go balls to the wall.  Just stop when your better.  LOL! 


Quoting mem82:

But, if I remember high school correctly *cough* you can get stoned eating it. 8) May not be as potent, but still it alters you. I just wouldn't want to do it to my baby.

Quoting kcangel63:


Quoting genemommy09:

Yes it is said that "smoking" is not the best way to take in POT .....BUT in todays medical ways of MJ we all know of other ways to injest this miracle "drug" in the form of eddibles there is nothing stating that it is unsafe for baby.......I am a card carrier in the state of colorado and also 29weeks pregnant ......in extreme cases the benefits DO out weigh the risks......if you have any questions about other alternatives to "smoking" MJ please feel free to PM me......

Agreed.  Vaporizing and eating is a much more benneficial way (also for other medicinal herbs).  We have a vaporizer that I can use for my RRL if I don't feel like making it into tea. 



Welcoming our 6th baby, 3rd home birth and 1st unassisted birth on 2-10-10.



Excited about...


Rach7
by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Lol I would think some people would have a problem finding out the right amount for them.

I would just rather stay away from it imo.

Quoting kcangel63:

If I understand correctly, you don't want to "use" enough to get stoned.  You only take enough to make the sickness go away.  :)  They shouldn't go balls to the wall.  Just stop when your better.  LOL! 

 

Quoting mem82:

But, if I remember high school correctly *cough* you can get stoned eating it. 8) May not be as potent, but still it alters you. I just wouldn't want to do it to my baby.

Quoting kcangel63:

 

Quoting genemommy09:

Yes it is said that "smoking" is not the best way to take in POT .....BUT in todays medical ways of MJ we all know of other ways to injest this miracle "drug" in the form of eddibles there is nothing stating that it is unsafe for baby.......I am a card carrier in the state of colorado and also 29weeks pregnant ......in extreme cases the benefits DO out weigh the risks......if you have any questions about other alternatives to "smoking" MJ please feel free to PM me......

Agreed.  Vaporizing and eating is a much more benneficial way (also for other medicinal herbs).  We have a vaporizer that I can use for my RRL if I don't feel like making it into tea. 

 

 


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