Pregnant & Breastfeeding Mothers
Here’s what you need to know to make the healthiest choices for you and your baby.
Health Considerations of Marijuana During Pregnancy
There is no known safe amount of marijuana to use while pregnant. That's because no matter how it's used (smoked, eaten, etc.), THC gets passed to your baby and may have a long-term impact on your child's ability to learn. Talk to your doctor early in your pregnancy about marijuana use.
Marijuana While Breastfeeding
If you use marijuana while breastfeeding, it gets passed to your baby. THC is stored in fat cells. That means THC stays in your breast milk, so "pumping and dumping" doesn't work. THC gets into your breast milk and may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
A doctor can recommend marijuana for pregnant women in special cases. A doctor has the expertise to decide whether the benefits are greater than the risks. In general, it isn’t a good idea to use any medicines while pregnant or breastfeeding that aren’t recommended by a doctor.
Myth Busting: Common Questions about Marijuana
You can’t believe everything you read or hear about marijuana. Unless, of course, you read it here.
Secondhand smoke from marijuana has many of the same cancer-causing chemicals as smoke from tobacco. A smoke-free environment is safest and healthiest. Don’t allow smoking in your home or around your baby.
Some hospitals test babies after birth for drugs. If your baby tests positive for THC at birth, California law says the hospital must notify child protective services. It is best to talk to your doctor early in your pregnancy to get the support you need to be healthy. Your doctor can help connect you with treatments that are confidential and nonjudgmental.
If your child eats or drinks marijuana, they may need immediate medical help. Some symptoms to look out for include problems walking or sitting up, difficulty breathing, and becoming sleepy. If a child may have eaten marijuana, call the poison control hotline, 1-800-222-1222, or 911 if it’s an emergency.
Need Help Quitting?
Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and need help to stop using marijuana.