Pregnancy can be a very intense (and joyful!) time in life, and a time when you have to question all of your usual habits and routines. How much training is enough? How much is too much? Which supplements are safe, beneficial, or even risky? Is it safe to take CBD while pregnant?
CBD during pregnancy is one of those combinations that has not been studied in humans, so medical professionals prefer to err on the side of caution. Let’s take a look at CBD during pregnancy, what we know, what we don’t know, and strategies for easing morning sickness naturally.
Throughout history, people have used Cannabis sativa for medicine, recreation, fiber, and food. More recently, though, technology has allowed us to isolate specific compounds from within the cannabis plant and examine their effects individually. For example, of the 130 plus known cannabinoids in cannabis sativa, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been identified as the main psychoactive substance in cannabis, and cannabidiol (CBD) has been identified as a therapeutic substance that is not psychoactive.
In the case of taking CBD during pregnancy, the idea has inspired many CBD aficionados because of the compound’s potential benefits for women who are experiencing discomforts associated with pregnancy:
However, the effects of CBD on the fetus are largely unknown, and this is why medical professionals prefer to exercise caution around CBD use while pregnant. When you’re expecting, everything that you ingest, inject, or inhale passes to the fetus via the placenta. A regular dose of alcohol, caffeine, or cannabidiol for you could end up being a huge dose for your developing baby.
Epidemiological studies of pregnant women provide some insights as to how cannabis in general can affect an unborn baby. The results are not 100% unanimous, but can help us to understand why doctors are cautious about allowing CBD during pregnancy.
In a study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2003, 12,000 pregnant women were followed from week 18 to 20 of their pregnancy until the birth of their children and several different measures of infant and maternal health were compared. Of this sample, five percent of the mothers reported smoking cannabis before and/or during their pregnancy, with many smoking at least once a week.
Once adjusted for other factors, the results showed that cannabis use “was not associated with increased risk of perinatal mortality or morbidity in this sample.” However, frequent use of cannabis did appear to be associated with a slightly (90g) lower weight at birth. Low birth weight can actually lead to infant mortality and childhood handicap, among other problems.
Another article published in 2011 in the Future Neurology Journal examined several longitudinal studies that had followed children born to mothers who used cannabis (not CBD) during pregnancy. In this review, there were mixed results regarding cannabis consumption and “birth weight, gestational age, preterm birth, and placental abruption.”
What was clear was that cannabis consumption while pregnant had a long-term effect on the child’s higher cognitive function — including their attention span and academic performance.
What was unclear was whether taking only CBD while pregnant would carry these same risks for the fetus.
Studies show that taking cannabis or CBD during pregnancy may offer benefits for the mother. One of these benefits is effective relief from pregnancy-related nausea. The other is a relaxing effect on the uterine muscles that could potentially ease contractions during labor.
However, after surveying the studies available, what we still don’t know is whether CBD during pregnancy can offer benefits to mothers without harming the baby. What we do know is that any negative effects attributable to THC would not come into play in a CBD-only formula.
Taking CBD while pregnant is something that you would need to discuss with your healthcare provider and may be affected by multiple factors, including your medical history, current state of health, other medications that you’re on, and a thorough analysis of risks versus benefits.
For those who would feel more comfortable avoiding oral CBD while pregnant, there are a few things that you can do to boost your wellness and increase your comfort levels naturally:
If oral CBD isn’t an option, you can still use topical CBD during pregnancy without any risk to your unborn baby, as topical CBD doesn’t enter the bloodstream. In fact, our all-natural CBD lotion is specially formulated with moisturizing, anti-inflammatory ingredients that feel wonderful when massaged into aching feet and calves.
For nausea, you might like to try a cup of ginger tea, ginger syrup, or aromatherapy with ginger, peppermint, spearmint, cardamom, or fennel essential oils. Other things you might like to try for morning sickness include:
Of course, if your partner is feeling stressed or anxious during your pregnancy, they are welcome to try our CBD tinctures, capsules, or gummies. If taking CBD during pregnancy boosts their mood, they might even be more likely to give you that luxurious CBD foot massage!
EndoCoast was inspired by the idea that boosting your endocannabinoid system with all-natural CBD can help you coast more easily through your day-to-day life. In the case of CBD during pregnancy, the best way to boost your endocannabinoid system might be through techniques that encourage your body to make its own cannabinoids. These include eating leafy green vegetables and omega 3s, exercising moderately, and reducing or eliminating pesticides and toxins in your environment.
Before beginning any medication, herb, or supplement, please consult with a holistic healthcare professional — they will be able to help you find the safest and most effective regimen to meet your health and wellness needs during pregnancy. We wish you all the best for the journey ahead and invite you to enjoy our topical CBD while pregnant with free and fast U.S. shipping!
Please note that the above content is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about prenatal care.