The fact is, we just don’t know all of the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and early childhood. But we DO know that no amount of THC has been proven safe for a developing child. While the transition may be challenging, experts suggest taking a break from marijuana during this time. First 5 San Joaquin is here to connect you to the support you need.

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Call 2-1-1 or talk to a trusted expert
like your local hospital, WIC program, lactation consultant, OB/GYN, or pediatrician for resources and support.

Call 2-1-1 or talk to a trusted expert
like your local hospital, WIC program, lactation consultant, OB/GYN, or pediatrician for resources and support.

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Effects of Marijuana whilte Pregnant or Breastfeeding

 
Brain

Research shows that marijuana use could be linked to developmental problems that may not be noticeable until later in childhood, such as lower IQ and learning disorders.

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THC can be passed to your baby through breast milk, even after quitting marijuana, as it slowly releases over time.

Cigarette

Second-hand marijuana smoke has many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke which are harmful to your child.

Scale

Using marijuana increases risk of low birth weight.

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Breastfeeding is a journey. Whether you are thinking about breastfeeding, just getting started, or facing some bumps in the road, help is available to support you and your baby along the way.

For more information on available resources, like helpful tips, support groups, or other resources and services, visit: www.breastfeedsjc.com or call 2-1-1.

Download the latest Breastfeeding Resource Guide

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Quick facts about marijuana use for parents

QUESTION

Cigarette

If marijuana is legal,
shouldn't it be safe?

ANSWER

Cigarette

While it is legal, marijuana may still be harmful to the health of your child while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

QUESTION

Leaf

Marijuana is natural,
doesn’t that make it safe?

ANSWER

Although it's natural, here's some issues that have been linked to it in children:

  • Low birth weight
  • Developmental problems in later childhood
  • Second-hand smoke chemicals similar to tobacco
QUESTION

Edible gummy bear

Even edibles
aren't safe?

ANSWER

Edible gummy bear

It's important to talk to your doctor about using marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding. There may be safer options that pose less risk to your child.