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    Morning sickness can be a nightmare for those mums-to-be who suffer from it during pregnancy. Many women will experience mild morning sickness during the first trimester, but for some women, it can be much more extreme.

    Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of nausea suffered by pregnant women that requires specialist treatment. The Duchess of Cambridge was one person who was reported to suffer from it during her pregnancy.

    Because it is so unpleasant, many women look for medical solutions. But one of the latest forms of “medication” is raising eyebrows. It turns out that more women are turning to medical marijuana to help them.

    So is this a good idea? Here’s some more on the topic.

    More Women Are Using Marijuana

    Metro reported on this in late 2015 when it reported that more mums are using marijuana to help with morning sickness, with some claiming that is is safer than prescribed drugs. After the terrible effects of Thalidomide in the 1950s, it’s understandable that some mums are worried about the effects of taking any medication.

    It was also reported in The Daily Beast, which reports that medical marijuana is available in the USA in a number of states. It mentions one woman who could not stop vomiting until she smoked marijuana, after which she became instantly hungry again.

    Warnings About Marijuana in Pregnant Women

    Despite some women claiming to have found relief for morning sickness in medical marijuana, the official guidance still warns against using it. There is no proof that it is safe for the baby, and no long-term studies have been carried out, so it can never be recommended.

    The American College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists (ACOG) has also warned against it due to the absence of data.

    A Complicated Situation

    The problem comes when women are suffering from HG, which can be dangerous for the foetus and which requires treatment. The Daily Beast article quotes Dr Anthony Anzalone as saying that medical marijuana could help with the symptoms. But the same doctor also warns against marijuana bought off the street because you never know what is in it.

    Marijuana is also illegal in the UK, so women are taking a risk by using it. And then there are other potential risks. For example, if you have an accident that is not your fault, but you were using an illegal drug at the time, it may be more complicated to claim compensation when you hire personal injury lawyers.

    Women Have to Make Their Own Decision

    Despite some women and even doctors suggesting that smoking marijuana could help relieve the symptoms of severe morning sickness, there is simply no conclusive evidence. And the risk of harming the baby is seen as too great by many. Because marijuana is also illegal in the UK, it can never be recommended.

    Instead, if you find yourself suffering from morning sickness, always talk to a doctor first. If you want to ask their opinion of marijuana, you can always do so, but don’t expect them to start recommending it any time soon.

    Erin Atkins is a medical student and hopes to become a practicing GP in the next 2 years. Though studying takes most of her time, she also enjoys writing articles when time allows, these are published on health related blogs.

     
     

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