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Santa Clara County believes pregnant women should avoid using marijuana.
There’s just too much at stake to risk hurting your unborn child.

The research isn’t perfect, but there is evidence that marijuana can cause issues
with your pregnancy and birth, and could create long-term problems for your child.

Our goal is healthy moms and healthy kids. You will decide what is best for
you and your child. We hope the following information helps.

 

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"using marijuana during pregnancy may cause problems for your baby"
"consuming marijuana is not recommended for women who are pregnant
"women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use"
"marijuana use in pregnancy can double the risk of stillbirth"
"marijuana use in pregnancy can double the risk of stillbirth"
"some women report using marijuana to treat severe nausea associated with their pregnancy; however, there is no research confirming that this is safe"
"some women report using marijuana to treat severe nausea associated with their pregnancy; however, there is no research confirming that this is safe"
"some women report using marijuana to treat severe nausea associated with their pregnancy; however, there is no research confirming that this is safe"

Questions & Answers


Q: What if I reduce my marijuana use while I'm pregnant?

A: Using less marijuana is better, but we don’t know how much is too much.
         We think it's best not to use any during pregnancy.

Q: Some research included women who also used alcohol and tobacco.
         How can we know what affected 
the babies?

A: It's true, there are flaws in some of the research.
        But there is enough good evidence to say that it's better to be safe than sorry.

Q: Marijuana is natural so isn't it better than a prescription drug from a doctor?

A:  Marijuana comes from a plant, as does heroin and cocaine.
         Medications given by your doctor have been shown to be safe for pregnant women.

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