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Marijuana Addiction During Pregnancy

Recently in the news there was a story about a Colorado physician (Dr. Manuel De Jesus Aquino) located in Denver that recommended a pregnant woman use marijuana to treat an illness.  He claims he had no idea the woman was pregnant, stating he did not take more than 3 minutes to complete an analysis of her condition.  This incident took place in January of 2010.  This young woman was in her second trimester of pregnancy when she met with the doctor.  When she delivered her child, a drug test showed marijuana in her system and her newborn’s. 

When marijuana is used during pregnancy, it can slow the growth of the fetus.  This means that when a baby born at term (40 weeks gestation) it should usually function very well once outside the womb.  If the growth rate was altered because of drug use, the baby may be underweight and the infant’s lungs may not be fully developed.  They can have a hard time feeding or even finding simple comfort.  Marijuana addiction during pregnancy is dangerous to both the mother and child. 

Vista Taos Renewal Center is dedicated to helping their patients recover from marijuana addiction or any chemical dependency.  If you or someone you care for is pregnant and suffering from addiction, get professional help.  No child deserves to be born into addiction.

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