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Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy

Smoking marijuana during pregnancy poses risks and concerns, smoking during pregnancy should be avoided. The active component THC in marijuana can cross through the placental barrier, reaching the developing infant and impact development. Lower birthrate and issues with neurological development have also been noted. Breathing smoke from marijuana is bad for both the mother and the baby, the smoke from marijuana has many cancer causing toxins that are also found in tobacco. THC which is the psychoactive component can also affect the baby after birth if inhaled. Studies have shown that smoking marijuana during pregnancy may increase the risk of future child developmental issues such as in the field of problem solving, behavior, memory and attention. If using marijuana during pregnancy the THC can also be passed to the infant through breast milk, so smoking or using marijuana during pregnancy should be avoided.



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