A brave British mom has recently spoken out about her occasional marijuana use despite being pregnant. Sammy Warnes, 30, says that she suffered from severe morning sickness and that even Domperidone, the medication specifically designed for pregnancy-related nausea, didn't help for more than 20 minutes. The mom says that she had heard that cannabis would help and decided to give it a go.
Many doctors advise against using marijuana while pregnant and breastfeeding because very little studies have been done surrounding the safety of the developing child. Warnes says that without cannabis, she wouldn't be able to cope with the constant sickness.
Metro UK reports that Warnes buys about £10 of cannabis every three weeks to offset her morning sickness. Smoking it a few times weekly, she says it has greatly decreased her symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum.
Dr. Shree Datta, a consultant gynecologist with MyHealthcare Clinic, explains that cannabis can be extremely dangerous to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Side effects of using the drug can include stillbirth, premature birth, low birth weight, and developmental delays. Dr. Datta adds that marijuana isn't always properly monitored, so additional chemicals could be present that the mom doesn't even know about.
Dr. Datta explains that "the active ingredient in cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)... may slow weight gain, make your baby sleepy and may mean they do not feed as well as they should, in addition to potentially affecting their development" after birth as well. Not only that, but there has been a link between cannabis use and psychological disorders such as schizophrenia and psychosis. Given the little amount of research done on the subject, Dr. Datta strongly advises avoiding the drug until the baby is born and weaned.
Warnes argues that she also smoked marijuana while pregnant with her now 3-year-old daughter, Arabella, and she seems perfectly fine. She also says that without using cannabis, she probably would have needed to abort her latest pregnancy because of how severely the symptoms impacted her life.
"Now I can do normal things like go to the shops, take [my daughter] to nursery and just be a mum. Beforehand I was just being sick or waiting about to be sick. I was just knackered," she says. With her baby due in May of 2020, Warnes stresses that she doesn't smoke to 'get high'. She uses it minimally as needed to improve her symptoms.