OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS.
EVEN BEFORE THEY'RE BORN.
NOW, DOCTORS WORRY ABOUT A NEWLY LEGAL DRUG - AND
ITS IMPACT ON NEWBORN BABIES.
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M NADINE WOODWARD.
MARIJUANA HAS BEEN LEGAL IN WASHINGTON STATE FOR SEVERAL
MORE PEOPLE ARE USING IT.
INCLUDING PREGNANT MOTHERS.
KXLY 4'S BRITTANY PARIS WORKING FOR YOU WITH WHAT
LOCAL EXPERTS ARE SEEING - AND, WHY SOME WOMEN ARE
MAKING THIS CHOICE.
NADINE, SOME PREGNANT WOMEN USE MARIJUANA TO DEAL
WITH ANXIETY OR HELP WITH MORNING SICKNESS...
BUT THE HEALTH DISTRICT STRESSES THAT JUST BECAUSE
DOESN'T MEAN IT'S SAFE.
MOST OF US KNOW THAT WHATEVER A PREGNANT WOMAN INGESTS.
THEIR UNBORN BABY INGESTS.
COVER WITH VID
KIM PAPICH, SPOKANE REGIONAL HEALTH DISTRICT
So that's food, that's drink, certainly drugs are
included in that category.
THE SPOKANE REGIONAL HEALTH DISTRICT SAYS WASHINGTON'S
LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA HAS LED TO AN INCREASE IN
EXPECTANT MOTHERS USING THE DRUG.
We've got our nurses going in and seeing these moms
using marijuana during their pregnancies.
RESEARCH IS LACKING.
BUT THE HEALTH DISTRICT IS CLEARING THE SMOKE.
SAYING THERE'S NO SAFE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA FOR EXPECTANT
MOTHERS TO USE.
SO WHETHER YOU'RE SMOKING IT OR INGESTING IT.
YOUR BABY COULD END UP WITH MORE THAN A SUGAR HIGH.
We already know what some of the concerns are, but
I'm sure with more research we're going to see more.
A COLORADO HOSPITAL TESTED UMBICAL CORDS - AND, FOUND
NEARLY HALF TESTED POSITIVE FOR TRACES OF THC.
WE'VE HEARD SIMILAR REPORTS FROM HOSPITALS IN SPOKANE.
YOUR BABY COULD BE BORN WITHOUT THE FRONT PART OF
SIMILAR TO THE CONDITION THE ZIKA VIRUS CAUSES.
AND, IT CAN AFFECT YOUR BABY'S GROWTH RATE.
So you can end up having a baby that's too small or
born too early.
AND THE RISKS DON'T STOP THERE.
As a child grows, if they were exposed to marijuana
in utero, it can result in developmental disabilities.
THE HEALTH DISTRICT SAYS CHILDREN WHO WERE EXPOSED
TO MARIJUANA IN THE WOMB HAVE MORE TROUBLE THINKING
THROUGH PROBLEMS, COMPLETING TASKS AND LEARNING IN
If you're going to weigh the risks against the benefits,
in terms of Public Health's perspective, there's not
a lot of benefits here
THE HEALTH DISTRICT SAYS IT'S NEVER TOO LATE IN YOUR
PREGNANCY TO QUIT SMOKING MARIJUANA.
BUT THERE IS NO SAFE AMOUNT TO USE WHILE PREGNANT
OR BREASTFEEDING AS T-H-C IS FOUND IN BREAST MILK.
LIVE IN SPOKANE, BRITTANY PARIS, KXLY 4 NEWS.