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Last week, in a post called "Marijuana and Morning Sickness," guest blogger Jessica Katz wrote about how sick she has been throughout her second pregnancy. "It's not morning sickness, it's 24-hours-a-day sickness," she blogged. "Even though I am taking Zofran, I am deathly ill." Jessica was floored when her doctor suggested that she treat her morning sickness with marijuana. "Don't they take your kids away from you if you do drugs while you are pregnant?" she asked. She Googled it, though, and found that many moms had successfully used medical marijuana to treat severe morning sickness. Yet in the end, she decided against trying it herself. 

Imagine her -- and our -- surprise when dozens of momlogic moms wrote in saying that they themselves had toked during their pregnancies, and that they recommended it ... er, highly. Check it out:

"If I [hadn't smoked] marijuana when I was pregnant with my second child, I would have never eaten," wrote Anonymous. "The smell [and] taste of food made me so sick I couldn't stand it. I didn't do much -- just a small hit, and then I was fine. If [your doctor] said it will help, believe him."

"Ladies, I smoked weed nearly every single day throughout my entire pregnancy, and it sure got me through it!" wrote Girlie. "We have a bright, alert, strong and happy girl. Our doctor always [remarked], 'Keep doing whatever you're doing -- she's perfect.' Great birth weight, too! Just a little research will show how much safer [marijuana] is than alcohol and most over-the-counter drugs during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Proud smoking mama here, just can't wait 'til it's legal."

"I used [marijuana] during one of my pregnancies," commented Mom of 2. "My kid is super smart, quick, funny, charming and healthier than the one I didn't smoke with."

"When I was pregnant a decade ago, I went through several weeks where I just kept getting sicker and sicker," said Leese from Indiana. "My husband began to worry enough [that] he spoke to someone at work who 'hooked him up' with a joint. I took a hit that evening, and a couple more throughout the next few days. Worked like a charm. I could sleep ... and the nausea disappeared. If you are afraid of smoking, a vaporizer is the best way to inhale, but eating is a mellow experience, if you can eat." 

"I smoked when I was pregnant back in 1969, and my child weighed in at 8.5 pounds," wrote Sungirl. "He was put into gifted classes in third grade and has never shown any adverse effects from my having smoked."

"I have an 11-month-old son and went through the same issues," said Amanda. "Zofran, peppermint tea, seabands, EVERYTHING. I actually lost 60 pounds in the first and second trimesters. Marijuana was the only thing that allowed me to move .... I do not live in a medical marijuana state so I took a HUGE risk, but I knew what I was doing was right for my baby and myself."

"I smoked through both pregnancies," wrote Mother of Two. "My kids are fine; they do great in school and are really good kids .... They also make a pill called Marinol that is THC-based [and] is supposed to decrease nausea and increase appetite, but smoking works better."

"I was extremely sick with my first pregnancy, 24/7," said Amie. "It was to the point where I had to go to the ER because I was dehydrated and couldn't even keep ice cubes down. Marijuana helped a lot, and now I have a healthy son who is extremely smart -- almost too smart, lol. It would be worse if you weren't able to gain weight and get proper nutrition to your baby."

"I used a hit of marijuana once a day for my nine-month-long 'morning' sickness," commented Karmadillo. "I found it helped when nothing else did. This was in 1977. Just one case, but my daughter is fine. BTW, Zofran is a drug, is it not? What are the effects of that versus a small amount of an herb that is known to be very safe?"

"I am now 8.5 months pregnant with [baby] number six," wrote JG. "I have been soooo sick throughout this entire pregnancy that I ... lost 60 pounds in the first four months. My OB put me on Phenergan, which is AWFUL. Then my family doc gave me Zofran .... I gave up and started smoking a little in the early AM. Finally I was able to get out of bed -- which I couldn't even do before -- [and] oh yeah: I could EAT again! While my weight loss had been severe, my unborn daughter is doing well; her heart rate is strong, her size is good ... and now we are just waiting on her arrival. I still get sick, so I still toke a little here and there. It has worked so well that I wish I had started smoking a little earlier, when I couldn't do anything but puke. I don't live in a medical MJ state, but after having to have a tooth pulled at eight months [and being] put on narcotic pain pills -- which the OB said were completely OK -- I figured, 'If hydrocodone is OK, why wouldn't MJ be?'"

"I was fortunate enough to live in a place where medical marijuana is legal," said Michelle. "I only smoked when I really needed to, and also vaporized and ate cannabis treats. My son was 11 lbs., 10 oz. at birth, is sharp as a tack, strong as a bull and seems to be developing more rapidly than the norm. Your doctor isn't some silly pothead: Cannabis is a medicine. It has only been illegal in the U.S. since 1937, and it's mostly for racial, political and economic reasons. Don't let that reefer madness scare you into finding relief. Check out this study."

"With my first pregnancy I smoked MJ ... [and] my boy came out ... healthy as a horse," wrote Green Mom of 2. "One thing to ask [your doctor], though: Is he going to have the hospital drug-test you when the baby is born? Lots of hospitals do it now, and you need to be aware if they do, and the laws in [your] state."

"I used during both of my pregnancies," said Julie. "My doctor had offered me pharmaceutical drugs that would have affected my liver as well as the development of the babies' livers. My 17-month-old is amazing, with no adverse effects whatsoever! She has an over 150-word vocabulary, sings, dances and is way ahead of other children her age. Her memory is unbelievable! It is great that your doctor recommended herb, because my midwives illegally drug-tested my urine and threatened to tell my pediatrician of the results because they were "concerned as to the home environment" my baby was going home to!"

Rachel commented, "Zofran -- chemically manmade drug. Cannabis -- made from the earth. Which is more natural, in your opinion?"

"During my first pregnancy, I was hospitalized repeatedly for dehydration due to severe hyperemesis," wrote Holly. "Zofran didn't work. I was so sick that I told my husband it was a good thing we didn't own a gun -- and at that point, I wasn't kidding .... Did I eventually break down and try marijuana? You bet. Did it work? Yes. Do I feel guilty about it? Not a single bit. How are my kids? They have performed above-average on all academic measures thus far, and have no problems focusing. :)"

"I suffered through [morning sickness] with my first baby, but during my second pregnancy, I was working full-time," wrote Theresa Knox. "[After] the third time I stopped on the way to work to vomit on the side of the road, I spoke to my OB/GYN. She said, 'Obviously I can't legally tell you it won't hurt your baby to smoke pot. But it won't hurt your baby to smoke pot, and it's better to smoke the pot than be sick all the time.' [Now] I have a healthy, normal, active, above-average intelligent 13-year-old girl." Note: Knox suggested that readers visit

Ladies, your pro-pot arguments are VERY convincing! Moms, what say you? Is it better to uphold the law, or have a healthy baby?

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Jennifer December 7, 2010, 6:36 AM

I’m one of those “wouldn’t do it, but won’t judge you if you do” people. However, my point in commenting is I used to work in an alcohol & drug rehab and they (DFS) did take children away from their parents for using Mary Jane (they would test the placenta for it). We had several clients who lost their children over it.

Must be a state by state thing if so many women are using it and still have their kiddos.

I say make your own choice, but use caution. Other than that — you’re body, your right.

Theresa Knox December 7, 2010, 3:53 PM

I am thrilled to see how many women have not only opened their minds to the benefits of Cannabis, but excercised them doing the research! There are so many modern medical scientific studies proving Cannabis’ benefits and disproving the so-called facts that ‘everyone knows’. A woman should never make a decision about what to take during pregnancy without first researching the substance… and I mean that most sincerely, as the side effects of prescription drugs can be discovered generations after taking them… Since information is readily available on the prescription drugs, here are a couple of really good sources for studies regarding Cannabis and pregnancy— check out Granny Storm Crow’s List on Facebook, and google Dr. Melanie Dreher. And remember that women have been using herbs of varying types for thousands of years as remedies for morning sickness… it’s NOT something you have to suffer through!

Theresa Knox December 7, 2010, 3:55 PM

In fact, if the nausea, vomiting, and resultant weight loss are too severe, morning sickness itself is detrimental to the baby.

Melissa Austin December 8, 2010, 11:44 AM

My daughter is a 1st grade honor student & my son is a 16 month old Hercules. YES - I smoked POT with both pregnancies & had no adverse reactions or side effects. It’s so sad that we live in a society that listens to & believes GOVT. PROPAGANDA!

Especially when every medical & scientific study about marijuana shows that it is NOI bad/dangerous to humans!

miss_mama_3 December 9, 2010, 3:38 PM

WOW SERIOUSLY?!?! Did any of you stop to think about the effects it has on your lungs? It contains carcinogens which are harmful to not only yourself but your unborn baby!!! There have been extensive studies done THAT PROVE marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke!!! So yeah for all you people who think its a good idea to smoke marijuana while your pregnant are FREAKING IDIOTS!!!!! You might as well not quit smoking cigarettes too while you’re at it b/c the smoke from the marijuana is doing more harm than a cigarette would.

WTF is wrong with you people!

Nicole December 13, 2010, 8:05 AM

Wow, this is a freakin psychology experiment. Whats with the name calling ladies? A bit of maturity could be helpful here. Women are so competitive, it is like a poison that will seep into our children if we are not careful. MJ is here for a reason. It is a natural choice. Either side has NO right to judge. Smoke it or not. Just SHUT UP either way. Society is already jacked up as it is. Let’s see some solidarity for chrissakes. As women, we owe it to our children as well as to ourselves to come together and support each other. Stop the mindless bickering, it is very revealing as to how pathetic our society has become. Don’t you think their is more to worry about than who is smoking what and when?

mImI23 December 14, 2010, 11:25 AM

You can’t reason with potheads. They tell everyone not to judge but then they go and do it tenfold and don’t even realize it.

krista January 7, 2011, 10:48 AM

(you can’t reason with potheads) yeah cuz everyone knows potheads are the hardest people to get along with so high strung and argumentative. lol not

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what I find hilarious is the people who say, “I had HORRIBLE nausea and couldn’t keep anything down. But I didn’t smoke any weed, just deal with it”. These people think that malnutrition, dehydration and lack of sleep is better for their child than a little bit of THC? THC, which there are no legitimate studies to prove it harms the fetus? Most likely, these people have NEVER tried cannabis or even researched cannabis and are completely ignorant to it’s healing properties.

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