Green means go ... kind of.
I mean, other than your baby being born with a serious case of the munchies, that is.
In their research, scientists examined previously-released studies on low birth rate and pre-term births and found that it's actually pregnant women who smoke tobacco that are at higher risk for delivering a baby with these birth risks.
Dr. Shaya Conner, one of the lead researchers on the project, has been telling her pregnant patients for years not to smoke pot. When they asked what the negative effects would be of smoking pot while pregnant, she was left without answers, which led her to conducting this study.
It's awesome news, especially now that legislation regarding pot has changed so much so quickly. Today it's much more common for a pregnant woman to be taking marijuana as prescribed by their doctor, so it's good to know that it may not cause harm in this way.
But Dr. Conner also says that this isn't a green light (lol, green, get it?) to toke up 24/7 whilst with child.
In general doctors advise against any foreign substance that isn't directly designed to improve the health of the mother and growing baby.
If you're TRYING to get pregnant, pot becomes a whole other kettle of green fish. Studies have indicated that smoking weed lowers fertility in the sperm, even if it's the WOMAN who's smoking. Pot causes the sperm to burn out, making them incapable of completing their journey. So a green light on the green (I am never stopping with this joke) doesn't mean pot's a superb idea for couples trying to make a baby.
It's cool that we live in an age where scientists can do research on this stuff and no longer fear becoming pariahs in the medical world.
But it seems like it can't be that simple.
I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but it still seems to me to be an issue of common sense.
If you're trying to nurture a new life growing inside of you, try not to smoke.
If you want to have a baby and you smoke a ton of pot,, maybe stop doing that? I know it makes me sound incredibly judgmental, especially when there are people who rely on marijuana to help them with pain and depression, but it's a feeling I still can't quite shake.
And as doctors say, try to focus primarily on your health. If you and your doctor decide together that the benefits of smoking pot while pregnant outweigh the risks, then go for it. Just don't let one study override your instincts about what's best for you and your baby.