Claire Alcindor’s fourth pregnancy last year was the hardest. The only way she could keep food down was by smoking marijuana, which also helped with her depression.
She was living in Maryland, in a location where marijuana is legal, but still worried “people would think I’m a bad mom” – or worse. Friends warned Child Protective Services might start investigating her. But it seemed worth the risk, especially given the reported effects of some prescription nausea and depression drugs.
“I needed to eat, I needed to stay alive and survive this pregnancy,” says Alcindor, who now lives in Las Vegas.
As more communities legalize or decriminalize marijuana use across the country, federal regulators and many doctors, however, say pot is not a risk worth taking while pregnant.
“I would say we are really rolling the dice with our kids if we expose them to it,” says Dr. Neeraj