Can I Take CBD When Pregnant?

Pregnancy is by far one of the most complex yet beautiful processes women get to experience in their lifetimes. As soon as the news breaks out, every action of the mother is now in correlation to the fetus.

“Soon to be mothers” experience symptoms such as nausea, pain, anxiety, and many more because of the hormonal changes but the tiny human growing inside of them is more than enough comfort for all the symptoms they go through during their pregnancy period.

Modern medicine, although, seems to have a lot of answers when it comes to explaining everything a mother experiences during her expecting stage, it still has limited medical facilities to ease the symptoms. All mothers grow through most of the symptoms yet not all medicines work for everyone. In some cases, the hormones cause so much distress that the mothers are then forced to broaden their horizons and try unorthodox methods.

Today we’ll be talking about such a method. CBD or Cannabidiol is a Cannabis compound that is being hailed as a miracle in modern-day health care.

Studies, research, and some experience have shown that the use of CBD makes a drastic improvement in reducing the effect of pregnancy symptoms BUT the experts are explicitly against the use of any CBD products before, during, or even after pregnancy.

You might be thinking “If CBD helps so much with the pain, anxiety, sickness, nausea, and other symptoms, then why isn’t it prescribed medically to expecting mothers?”

Well, the experts are…well “experts” because they see the bigger picture. And the bigger picture might not be in the long term favor of both the mother and the child. Why? Let’s find out!

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What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol, derived from the Hemp plant (non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana) is surely in the buzz because of its long list of medical benefits and range of consumption methods. From oils, food and gummies to sports gear and bathbombs, CBD seems to be everywhere.

The reason is probably its ability to act as painkillers, anti-depressants, and stress relievers without getting you high. How? The reason is that the Hemp plant naturally has a low amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the only compound responsible for getting you high

Research phase:

Although the horizon for the CBD product family is expanding rapidly, the research for the side effects of CBD as a whole is still not quite conclusive and repercussions are still not widely understood.

CBD is being studied as a potential cure to many modern physical and mental illnesses but for now, the only CBD-infused drug approved by the health authorities in the west is Epidiolex or Epidyolex which is used to treat certain epilepsies in children.

Other than that, for now, CBD is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical condition in human beings. It is only being marketed as a supplement and although consumers swear by their multiple health benefits, companies are not allowed to openly advertise them.

The research, especially in the pregnancy department is still taking baby steps (pun intended) and that is why the experts advise the “soon to be mothers”, like other medical patients to avoid it for the time being.

Should I consider using CBD during pregnancy?

CBD Oil during pregnancy
CBD Oil

Studies show that CBD can stay in the body up to six days which then are be transferred to the baby.

Certain mothers opt for using CBD even after reading CBD and pregnancy articles and hearing what the experts have to say, and we just can’t really blame them now, can we? The soon-to-be mothers are going through so much, minor warnings don’t really seem to have a lot of effect on most of them.

Now if you are considering it, you should definitely consult with your doctor as there are a number of cases where the mother was feeling so nauseous or sick that the choice seemed like a desperate attempt for some relief and some doctors actually approved it.

What Pregnancy Symptoms CBD can help With:

For a normal everyday person, CBD is normally prescribed in the form of CBD oilsCBD topicals, and even CBD vapes for a number of conditions. Here are a list of things CBD can help with if you’re pregnant.

Nausea:

Nauseous Woman

Reports have shown that pregnant women may experience 25-45 times of vomiting per day and that doesn’t even include the day long nausea and cramping that comes with it.

CBD has shown not only to reduce severe nausea but also cramps and the loss of appetite.

Uneasiness and Insomnia:

Mothers during pregnancy have also reported that not being able to sleep for days as one of the major disturbances of pregnancy which is then often accompanied by anxiety, stress, and continuous uneasiness but after taking CBD, they were able to have a somewhat normal night sleep.

Depression and Anxiety:

CBD reduces your depression during pregnancy

Being worried and anxious about the upcoming infant is normal for mothers but the fast-paced hormonal changes make this process a lot harsher than it has to be, also taking a toll on the mother’s mental health.

CBD has time and again proven useful for calming anxiety and depression symptoms, not letting the soon-to-be mothers fall in a dark pit constructed by their own mind.

Why I Shouldn’t:

The usage of CBD during pregnancy may be “rainbows and sprinkles” for some mothers but experts believe prescribing it generally is not such a good idea right now as it may react differently on different bodies.

Following are a list of risks associated with consuming CBD during your pregnancy.

Stunted Growth:

Breastfeeding Mother

THC is known to harm babies while they’re in the womb as it hinders their growth and affects their health. Since there might be trace amounts of THC in the CBD extracted, it may not be the best idea to use it during pregnancy, especially if you’re unsure of the purity of your product. It is also recommended to stay away from any such products during breastfeeding.

Stunted Brain Development:

CBD binds to endocannabinoid receptors, which are a part of a cell-signalling system called the ECS (Endocannabinoid system), to exert its effects.

This bond then, in turn, can limit or influence the activity of these receptors which directly leads to stunting the early brain development stages during pregnancy or breastfeeding stage.

Cognitive Function:

Newborn baby feet

As a consequence of no proper brain growth during pregnancy, the newborn could also have poor cognitive functioning which may be a stretch if attributed to CBD’s effects. Still, due to a lack of research on CBD on pregnant women, health officials can never be too sure.

Summary:

So the modern age mothers are in favour of using CBD in low dosages while the health regulatory authorities and the experts do not recommend it in any dosage (except in a few extreme cases). So where does that leave us?

Well, while there is a good chance that you could use CBD throughout your 9 months of pregnancy and not face any problems, there is also a probability that you and your baby could deal with side effects later. A lack of research in the CBD and pregnancy department makes things pretty unsure.

Make sure you consult with your doctors before making any changes to your diet, routine, additional supplements, or medications which also, certainly includes CBD.

I am a 34-year-old father of three that lives in Sweden. I´ve changed my life with the help of CBD and I have a profound interest in the research surrounding CBD. You can read more about me here.

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