A recent post was released by a nationwide drug and alcohol informational website about smoking marijuana while pregnant. Although the website — Couples Rehabs is more formatted to couples struggling with alcohol, they offer help for anyone in need.
According to the news article, the effects of smoking weed while pregnant presents several challenges. The study showed that scientists reviewed more than 10,000 studies on marijuana and found that cannabis use during pregnancy not only leads to impairment of brain development, but also to a higher risk of having low birth weights. There is also evidence that babies exposed to marijuana during pregnancy are at a higher risk of birth defects such as autism and autism spectrum disorders.
Although cannabis is generally not considered a dangerous drug, many believe this “gateway” drug can lead to heavier drug usage. The new post also sheds light on studies that have shown that the use of cannabis during pregnancy can limit the flow of blood and oxygen to the placenta, which inhibits the fetus’s ability to develop properly, and in some cases, it can negatively affect the overall health later in life. In addition, in extreme cases, delayed fetal growth may lead to possible stillbirth.
CouplesRehabs.org is a nationwide service that connects couples whether they are married or not to addiction treatment centers. Rehabs for couples offer same room care for the couple the entire stay of treatment. If the couple is smoking weed during pregnancy, or abusing other substances, a rehabilitation center can be a solution for a healthy pregnancy.
Addiction treatment centers for couples are all over the United States and offer many different types of programs including 12 step and non-12 step. Most programs last between 30 to 90 days, and sometimes even longer. Finding the right treatment center can really make the difference in long term recovery.
In states where cannabis is legal for recreational or medical use it may be safe to treat morning sickness. But experts warn that the use of weed during pregnancy should not be done. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana use during pregnancy, and during lactation is potentially harmful to both the baby and the mother and the overall health of the child.
If a couple is struggling with substance abuse of any kind, get help by visiting CouplesRehabs.org.
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