The medical marijuana movement has changed a lot of people’s thinking about using pot for medical conditions. Did you know that there are some people that have turned to marijuana for serious morning sickness?

Recommending marijuana to pregnant women may seem counter-intuitive to the idea that a pregnancy should be healthy, but there are those that think it’s better than the alternative. Many pregnant women with severe morning sickness, called hyperemesis gravidarum, are prescribed Zofran or Phenergan if they are unable to keep food down over a long period of time. There haven’t been conclusive tests done on pregnant women and the risks to the fetus with either drug, although Phenergen has been in use for a long time.

Marijuana is a Pregnancy category C drug which means risk cannot be ruled out. Phenergen is a C as well. Zofran, however, is a B. Here are what the categories mean:

  • Category B: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
  • Category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Here is an interesting article from Mothering from a woman who turned to medical marijuana after a serious bout with morning sickness. If you Google marijuana and morning sickness, you will find a lot of articles on the topic. What do you think? A good alternative or too risky?

 

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Christa T. Palmer (265 Posts)

Christa T. Palmer is a mother of 2 small children who lives in Colorado. She worked in the corporate world for more than a decade, but she was laid off the day after returning from maternity leave. Since then, she has worked as a freelance writer.