Dear Is This Normal,
I was a pretty regular weed smoker before I got pregnant. When I found out I was expecting, I made all the usual lifestyle changes like stopping drinking and smoking. I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, and was wondering how soon after having my baby I can start smoking weed again? I’m pretty comfortable talking to my doctor about other things related to my pregnancy, but I feel weird asking them about smoking weed.
Dear Marijuana Mama,
Congrats on nearing the finish line! Pregnancy is no joke. I know I started planning how to get back to my pre-pregnant life as delivery day got closer, too. It’s so normal to want to start to feel. . . normal? Or at least a bit more like yourself, including doing some of the things you did before baby. You’re almost there! Pat yourself on the back because that’s a feat in-and-of itself.
As far as when you can start smoking weed after your baby is born, I have some good news: if you’re not planning on breastfeeding, studies show you can toke up as soon as you feel ready. In fact, weed may help ease some of your postpartum recovery. As a regular user prior to pregnancy, you’re probably aware that it can help with pain, insomnia, loss of appetite, and even social anxiety. The first weeks of bringing home baby are pretty intense, and if you feel like smoking weed would help take the edge off a bit, there’s no reason you can’t indulge responsibly.
Keep in mind, though, that pregnancy can do really strange things to your body and biochemistry. After my oldest was born, I developed an allergy to cats. Like, hello, I’ve had cats my whole life! You may find your body processes THC differently after pregnancy, so start small and don’t over-do it. Make sure that your little one is looked after and cared for by your partner if you smoke. It’s important to never expose your baby to secondhand smoke (regardless of the variety).
If you are planning on breastfeeding, I would advise waiting. Research shows that the chemicals in pot (namely THC and CBD) do pass through breast milk and is detectable up to six days later. So even pumping and dumping isn’t really a feasible option when it comes to smoking Mary.
There’s a lot of research out there about the positive outcomes of smoking marijuana in adults, but unfortunately there just isn’t enough research about the effects of THC in breast milk to make the risk worth it. Some animal studies have found that marijuana can impact weight gain and brain development in rats and mice. Another thing to consider is that THC may affect the quality and quantity of your breast milk, which can make for a difficult nursing journey.
So if you’re going to breastfeed, hold off on smoking weed again until you’re done. But if you aren’t, you do you! Remember: take it easy at first, give your body a chance to acclimate, and always smoke responsibly. Best of luck on your delivery, mama!
Sending Chill Vibes Your Way,
Is This Normal