Welcome back and thanks for joining us again for this discussion on smoking weed while you’re pregnant, and why CPS may have a good point about that not being such a good idea. In the previous article we looked at some info from a recent study showing that smoking marijuana during pregnancy is directly linked to low birth weight in infants. But as it turns out, that isn’t the only thing a mom has to watch out for if she’s considering getting high during her pregnancy.
Smoking weed during pregnancy has been tied to increased autism in kids
A Canadian research team used the Ontario birth registry to study a number of outcomes in fetal health and development after mothers admitted to using marijuana during their pregnancies. In one study they discovered a direct link between smoking weed during pregnancy and increased levels of autism in children. In fact, according to their study, a gestating mother who uses marijuana is 50% more likely to give birth to a child with autism. Although the study was not able to isolate how severe the autism is likely to be, or when during the pregnancy it’s use is most likely to result in certain neurological outcomes for the baby.
There may be other complications for babies as well…
The same Canadian team that was able to link autism in children to smoking weed during pregnancy, says that there might be other potential issues they haven’t been able to pin down yet. For example, does consuming marijuana while pregnant result in an increased chance of stillbirth? No one is completely sure, and there isn’t enough data to support an argument either way. However the the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists both say that exposing yourself to pot while pregnant likely has several harmful effects on your baby, even if we haven’t been able to pinpoint them all so far. Which is why they recommend that women struggling with morning sickness during pregnancy find alternative ways to manage their nausea.
CPS may have a good point here, but they’re not right about everything!
In this particular area, science supports what CPS has to say about moms not using marijuana while pregnant. But there is a lot of good science that CPS has ignored over the years, to the detriment of many children in the foster system. Not every decision they make is sound, and not every stance they adopt is the right one. So if CPS has attempted to involve themselves in your life, or has threatened to remove your children from your care for any reason, call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245. Our skilled CPS defense attorneys have decades of experience protecting parents’ rights, and we can help you too.