How Not to Ease Morning Sickness

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness News Category | | Print This Article
 

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Sure morning sickness can be very frustrating. In some extreme cases, it can lead to hyperemesis gravidarum, which is morning sickness that’s so severe you can’t keep anything down. Fortunately, most women don’t have morning sickness quite so severe.

The good news is that there are plenty of good ways to go about dealing with morning sickness. There are also ways that really aren’t a good idea. For example, one woman in Wisconsin recently appeared in court because she had been found in possession of marijuana. As it turns out, she told the court that she was using it to combat morning sickness.

Now, this isn’t the place to have a debate about medical marijuana, legalization of pot, or whatever other political or social issue you might feel stirring right about now. Instead, let’s focus in on the specifics.

She was smoking marijuana to get relief from morning sickness.

There are so many things wrong with this that it’s hard to know where to start. We know that smoking marijuana can have negative health effects on a person, but what hasn’t been studied at length is the negative health effects it can have on your growing baby. Tobacco use is harmful, we know, and it’s likely that some of the same side effects of smoking tobacco can occur when smoking marijuana.

There’s another concern here, however. When you’re pregnant, you need to be aware of what’s going on around you and take extra care to make sure you and your baby stay safe and healthy. Smoking marijuana can affect your judgment, leading to bad decisions. It’s one thing to make a bad decision when you’re not pregnant, but when you are pregnant someone else is relying on you to make good choices.

To be sure, morning sickness can be frustrating. But, there are safer methods – ginger, for example, helps many women with morning sickness – to treat the problem. From acupressure to aromatherapy and more, you’ve got options. Your doctor can even recommend some anti-nausea medications that may be safe to use during pregnancy.

So, what do you think? Is this a reasonable way to deal with morning sickness?




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