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I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.


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  12. anonymous

    does thc stay in the fetus system longer then the mothers or the same amount of time? :hippy:

  13. sarah

    I meant 26 weeks pregnant

  14. sarah

    I am 26 pregnant and just found out that i tested positive for thc even though i stopped smoking over a month ago. I am scared that it will show up in the meconium at birth. If it does, does anyone know what will happen? I live in Florida and am thinking about moving back up north to have the baby because I know they don’t care as much? Someone please help???

  15. Michelle

    Where are all the Pro-Pot Mid-Wives and Doulas, man?!?!

  16. Lisa

    Ten year plus study on the effects of cannabis on neonatal babies. Cannabis exposed babies did better in most all tests. Some significantly better as they followed them over the 10 years.

  17. Italics Mine

    Why wasn’t the baby arrested too? It chose to injest the marijuana instead of repelling it -and because of this is just as guilty as the mother.

  18. lol@cpia

    Cc made me LOL. People like you are what is wrong with this world.

  19. brittney roberts

    I have a ? N I don’t need nobody to judge me at all…but I’m a first time mother and I’m 18 weeks pregnant and stopped smoking mj since 16 weeks. I stopped a month before then in february, I smoked three times. One blunt a day, would it still show in my baby meconium after its. Born. I’m due august 5th 2012..I rather get positive opinions who has experienced this instaed of someone who guesses n foremost, nobody judgemental thanks…

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  21. Gabby Reyes

    Yes they do test for it although i have never been arrested for weed during pregnancy they do test and they do call CPS for it. This war on marijuana is ridiculous though. What happen to the war on things that KILL people?

  22. gone off the deep end

    Well medically your baby will be fine. I have worked in the health field for 12 years. I worked in l Nd d for a while. But as far as testing there are several test that a hospital can do to check for drug use. is of coarse but they also can do a meconium test can detect drug use up to 6 months. It also depends on the doctors and hospitals rules and regulations for testing good luck.

  23. McD

    There’s something about it on ‘Yahoo! Answers’ at http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070424103734AAS4JOe; a relevant forum thread here: http://forum.baby-gaga.com/about1785487.html; another here: http://www.momsformarijuana.com/apps/forums/topics/show/3796501; and a couple of comments from Texans in this article further down the page (‘Rachel’, 12 Jan. 2011).

  24. REB

    ‘I’m six months pregnant and use cannabis to relax and unwind in the evenings. I live in San Antonio, Texas, but I don’t know what they do about testing newborns and their mothers for THC here. Could someone advise me please?’

  25. ricanjones

    ok so my gf smokes weed and she is pregnant so first day at the hospital she agrees to a urine test …smh…. and now shes scared that since this drug test is defenatly failed will there be any problems with dps

  26. McD

    Thank you!

    Considering the truly insane nature of the status quo in relation to the situation outlined, which I was replying to, I take that as a compliment.

    It’s nice to be appreciated. That’s very kind of you. Thanks again!

  27. Sane

    Oh my God….you sound totally INSANE! WTF mCd

  28. Staycee

    Children DO NOT use their lungs until they exit the womb! Thats why doctors back in the day use to smack kids on the ass after they had their nasal seals sucked out with an aspirator , so they could take their first breath of air with their lungs.
    I thought everyone learned that in health class in 6th grade?

  29. Staycee

    OMG i couldnt agree more with the cigarettes and cat shit! There are TONS of things that could harm a unborn child. So why the hell aren’t women tested for exposure to those? just the “illegal” things. LMFAO..
    Put it this way. I smoked with all 3 of my pregnancies. I stopped with the 1st when i was 3 months, the second when i was 6 months, and im currently pregnant with the third, and 4 weeks to delivery and i just now quit.
    My 2 kids, are on the honor roll at school, and have won national competitions for mathematics. they are labeled “Genius” through our state and schools.
    My son is suppose to be in the 4th grade, at age 9. Starting Sept of 2012 he’ll be entering the 6th grade. Completely skipping grade 5, because the material is too easy for him,and can learn at a higher level than what he’s being challenged on in the 4th grade. My daughter is 7 in the 2nd grade and will be moved to the 4th grade as well In Sept of 2012 for the same reasons.

    Now tell me something. Does it sound like Weed affected anything while they were in the womb?
    We have the freedom to do what we wish with our bodies, regardless of laws.
    We have people that are officials for our govt and state that do drugs! Where the fuck are their drug tests at? people need to stop playing god in other peoples lives, and just shut the fuck up when it comes to your degrading opinions. No one cares what you think! And it certainly wont stop people from smoking weed, while pregnant, a parent, a caregiver, a law official, Or the president of the united states! Clinton Proved that shit to his citizens! It IS WHAT IT IS.. So except it, or move to another country!

  30. Melissa

    Well I live in Kansas and just had a baby. I tested positive for marijuana and they hadn’t even got the results of the babys poop back and social services took my newborn baby before we were even released from the hospital.

  31. pimp

    ur racist

  32. McD

    You have absolutely no need to fear about the effects of cannabis on your breastmilk. If your son obviously enjoys it, as they do when they roll their eyes like that, then NOTHING should stop you doing it. There’s certainly nothing in cannabis – no ill-effects of phyto-cannabinoids (pot) ‘recharging’ your endocannabinoid system – which might have any detrimental effect on either you or your baby. There’s no cause for concern here. In fact, if your baby intuits an atmosphere in his family, which he feels comfortable and secure with, as it seems he obviously does, then you positively SHOULD continue to use cannabis, if it has become a part of the family regime – smoking a joint together in the evening to unwind.

    The effect it might have on people who feel a need to control your life, imposing their idea of what a family must or MUST NOT do, however – prohibitionists – is an unfortunately different matter. Be careful to protect yourselves from those who ironically believe they are protecting you (from yourself) and everything should be fine.

  33. Chrissy Pip

    I have smoked for ten years and when i found out i was pregnant I tried to quit. I finally stopped at 3 months only to start again after delievery. I smoke about a joint a night before bed to unwind! I also breastfeed my 6 month old son! My partner also smokes with me. He drinks too but i dont at all. My question is should I continue to breastfeed (my son deeply enjoys it he rolls his eyes and looks drunk) when i smoke a joint each night?

  34. dbeall

    I want other people to tell me how to live,
    breed,
    breath,
    what to eat,
    how many defective kids I can have until they make me stop,,
    how many healthy kids I can have until they make me stop.

    hmmmmm

    If Mommy ODs on water while pregnant and kills the baby,, and tests cool on weed, then what?

    Mommy is hauled into court on a rolling table and charged with murder?

    do you see how dumb this is,, after 5000 years of mommy using all parts of the cannabis plant — what are these control freaks thinkin,, can’t they read, learn and enhance their MIND?

  35. LivelyLibra

    My baby, now 19, is a National Merit Scholar and in film school on the East Coast, where he composes original musical scores to his short animated films in an introductory class. Oh, did I forget to mention he was born THC positive in his meconium? Yeah, that’s right, i smoked cannabis all the way through my pregnancy because of chronic anxiety. Thanks for judging us. It’s a good thing we are in the KNOW about the benefits of this wonderful substance.

  36. shadybob

    this article is the dumbest shit ive ever read. should she have smoked pot while pregnant? probably not, but no harm was done and now she has a fucking child abuse record. Also, jumping to the conclusion that the pregnant woman was black? c’mon now…

    also, i saw a comment about a baby’s lungs not being able to handle pot smoke, that doesnt make sense. the baby’s lungs never came into contact with smoke, only the mothers.

    people love to freak out about weed for whatever reason. there are much, MUCH worse things we should be concerning ourselves with that people smoking pot.

  37. CC

    I think anyone who smokes anything or drinks alcohol while pregnant is a complete idiot and you deserve to have your kids taken. While I do believe it is OK to F–k up your life and health, why do it to your unborn child. Every one knows drugs are bad for your health and there is not one good thing abt them…unless you think the high is. Seriously you ppl are ignorant and stupid, no well respecting mother would do this to her child. No one can be certain what effects drugs can have on babies…esp the illicit drugs. My goodness, I swear America is a dope fiends paradise. People use drugs to get high… Period! Don’t come on this forum and say ‘marijuana helped you through this and that…” You smoke cause you like it. Personally I feel if you smoke and use drugs while you are prego, your baby deserves to come out with three eyes and six toes. I mean because if you really cared you wouldn’t expose your child to this trash. That is all!

  38. Jennifer

    I had quit using marijuana when I got pregnant even went off my bipolar and anxiety meds to find myself losing the father of my unborn child to sudden and unexpected heart failure. I smoked 1 time and in Iowa they test ALL babies. Her cord blood tested positive and I am now in the midst of a sh%*storm because of it. I have to attend what they call ” Family Treatment Court ” AKA drug court for a minimum of 1 year undergo random drug testing and being breath tested for alcohol when I never drank to begin with. I could have lost her to the state but thank goodness I didn’t. I agree that we should be able to smoke if we want my daughter was born so healthy. My middle child I smoked throughout the whole pregnancy and he is smart, even in accelerated classes, funny, witty, and a very laid back kid. My first born on the other hand since I was 17 at the time I quit everything and to my suprise he has ADD, a learning disability, and can’t hold still if ya stapled him to the floor LOL.

  39. McD

    I’m inclined to agree with Russ. (“Sounds to me like there are bigger issues here…”) “She is Caucasian, like me” but decline to be drawn into comment of a potentially racial or racist nature.

  40. Chris

    Yes. Up to one year or longer. I just went through this with an ex who constantly smoked pot. My daughter has complications with ear infections and bladder infections and a few other problems. My ex also has a three year old who doesn’t talk and has the same problems but worse. My daughter now lives with me and the three year old lives with Grandparents.( She is Caucasian, like me) If anyone tells you nothing can happen is a Idiot period! Have some respect for your children and stop thinking about yourself and get some help if you need it. If you have to smoke pot while your pregnant you seriously have some issues..Stop and take a look into the mirror and ask yourself, Is your children’s life worth it?

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  42. Rachel

    Thats not true as I live in Texas. I knew that in the heart of the city the drug test at random. (Medicaid or poor looking people) So I made sure to deliver outside of the Austin city limits in a VERY nice hospital.
    Had I delivered at Breckenridge or any other busy Austin hospital it would be a different story. It’s not mandatory though. Texas can be bad but it’s not that bad…

  43. jpuent1980

    What a terrible thing to do to a person and their child. I hope she has family telling her everyday that she is not a bad person and is infact the best thing for her new baby.

  44. DeeDee

    Just stating the obvious here. A baby does NOT inhale marijuana smoke. A baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid and is breathing in the fluid. A womb is not the bottom of a bong.

  45. DeeDee

    Thank you kelly, I do not know if i suffer from the same illness, but I also have morning sickness throughout my entire pregnancy. I too have been prescribed numerous anti nausea medications and without fail, they dont work. The current medication I have actually reads in the directions to take a half hour before nausea occures (uh ok?).

    Marijuana has helped me be able to eat and keep down foods. I have done much research and even after speaking to my doctor (which of course she would never admit as it would get her in trouble) that smoking pot during pregnancy is less dangerous than smoking cigarettes.

    I will admit to smoking cigarettes as well, but this question has plagued me for a while. If pot and cigarettes are about equal in prenatal risks, why doesnt social services go after people for cigarettes then? Because its not illegal. Thats why. There are many over the counter drugs and everyday products that are so much worse for an unborn child. Cleaning a catbox or eating sandwich meat can give me toxoplasmosis, but i dont see turkey or cat sh*t on the list of things I could get in trouble for…

  46. rachel

    according to cps it stays and stores in the babies meconium i hope you dont live in texas because if they test your babies meconium and its positive you can expect cps to visit you in your hospital room and treat you like you did something terrible like crack my baby has been placed with my grandparents along with my 4 yr old i didnt find out about my pregnancy until i was 18 weeks along and i quit it still came up positive for thc and cps is treating me like i need rehab its rediculous really

  47. Jessica

    I think there is nothing wrong with smoking marijuana while you are pregnant as I was a smoker myself! There is no use in arguing with a stupid ignorant bitch and having to explain yourself….. Your child will be perfectly normal!!!! Society thinks marijuana is so bad because it is illegal. But how many people has it killed???? NONE….EVER!!!!! How many people die from cigs and alc every years hundreds of thousands! as long as you are healthy and it is helping you thats all that matters noone elses opinion should matter at all!!!! :-D

  48. Pam

    You think that the fetus breathes in the smoke you inhale? That when you take in that smoke that the smoke goes through your lungs, into your uterus, through your amniotic fluid and is somehow sucked into the lungs? That is just… stupid. What you smoke can’t hurt the baby’s lungs. It’s not like you or I smoking. Through the bloodstream, nicolette. Through the bloodstream.

  49. jessica

    hi i am about 8 weeks pregnant and smoke also and i was wondering if i stop now will they still be able to find the weed in my babys system when i deliver ?

  50. McD

    Hey, Nicolette… Sorry – I drifted off and I lost track of you there.

    Didn’t think there was much I could get my teeth into to reply to your last post. I respect your opinion that not enough time’s gone by for you to feel comfortable with the evidence produced by, for example, the Illinois NORML stance on cannabis use and pregnancy… Personally, I don’t agree, which is hardly surprising, because I’m inclined to attach more significance to the way cannabis has been given to mankind (Say grace: ‘Bless us, our Lord, for these Thy gifts we are about to receive from Thy bounty through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.’) than man’s reaction to such gifts.

    Also, I felt you’d done an admirable job of putting your point of view across and I respect the practical and sensible approach you seem to take. I could hardly agree with your statement that, ‘…a fetus’s lungs are not developed enough to handle marijuana…’, but overall I think you’re probably representative of a large group of people in the States now: those who are in the process of finding out and re-evaluating what they’ve been taught and thought the knew about cannabis. I have a feeling, when the time comes for you, you will come to understand and benefit from our beloved weed. That’s good. I’m happy with that and I didn’t want to push you off course by offending you.

    I disagree with the last people (kelly) to reply to your post, and I don’t understand the very last one (Greg). (What does he mean, ‘A/A’ and who is he referring to?) And I certainly wouldn’t brand you “closed minded and egotistical”; quite the contrary, actually: I would say your venture into commenting here is an obvious indication of an open-minded and considerate character. I think can see those strands of character in the thinking behind all your posts.

    What’s a protopipe?

  51. Greg

    I”m guessing because she’s poor and A/A she wo’nt be getting any help to fight these bogus charges, right?

  52. kelly

    Furthermore, you never admitted to smoking cannibus either Nicolette, so unless you have, you really have no opinion in this matter at all because that makes your opinion biased. I have been a smoker and a non-smoker. I have seen and at different times agreed with both ends of the spectrum. So you really need an open mind to approach the subject, which you clearly do not have.

  53. Kelly

    Nicolette, I find you to be a very closed minded and egotistical bit*ch…if you know what i’m saying. Ya all women endure some similar symptoms while pregnant, but I can assure you they are not the same. I am proud of your efforts, I mean abstaining from drinking, but you also mentioned you were a cigarette smoker. No where in your response did you say you quit smoking cigarettes, so just wondering can you make the subject clear for me on whether or not you did quit smoking? Just asking because there are several studies that show cigarette smoking IS actually harmful….conclusive studies that is. Also, did you know that marijuana has agents in it that make it impossible for you to develop lung cancer? HELLO it is only used to make cancer patients more comfortable….and not to mention it kills any cells before they have a chance to develop into cancer. …. Now to get back on the route I was initially taking: I am currently pregnant..9 weeks… and I do agree the baby should be put first, however I have a condition called Hyper-Emisis of pregnancy. Just to give a little info: Hyper-Emisis is a severe form of morning sickness. I do not get sick just during certain parts of the day; I am literally sick ALL THE TIME. Because of this condition I have been hospitalized twice. I cannot even drink water without throwing up and because of this I have become really dehydrated on more than one occasion (hence the hospitalizations). So I will admit it; I was smoking cannibus before I was aware I was pregnant and now that I am I am forced to ask myself this question: Will I allow my body and my baby to go under nourished because I am scared of the effects of cannibus on my unborn baby? Or will I take a small risk and smoke a little to get rid of my sickening feelings and actually be able to eat and keep liquids down? In the long run, I think a little smoking is a small sacrifice to ensure my child gets all my fruits, vegetables, water, and juices, and vitamins, and other nutritional parts of my diet. ….. Ya Ya Ya ; I know there is nausea medicine, but for people with my condition it does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING… so if you try to swing back at me with that argument you are wasting your time. Now all that being said, I will inform you that my intentions are to stay away from smoking as much as humanly possible (meaning I will be giving it up in a short time), but you should also know that the only reason I even consider it is because I need to eat, and I need to be able to keep fluids down, and the nausea medicine is a joke. It does absolutely nothing for me. In my case, I think smoking has been beneficial for me (even though it will not persist throughout my pregnancy).

  54. Nicolette

    McD put down the protopipe and respond.

  55. Nicolette

    McD, All I’m saying is that enough time has not gone by for enough conclusive studies. you send me links that show enough time has gone by, and I can send you links that say not enough time has. I’m not anti, I’m just saying why risk it for such a short time. I do respect your passion for the subject.

  56. Nicolette

    McD, All I’m saying is that enough time has not gone by for enough conclusive studies. you send me links that show enough time has gone by, and I can send you links that say not enough time has. Why risk it for nine months. I’m not anti, I’m just saying why risk it for such a short time. I do respect your passion for the subject.

  57. McD

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    knew
    with:
    would know

  58. McD

    OK, then, here you go: 1) you don’t need to worry too much about the state of a foetus’ lungs development, because they can’t spark up in vitro, anyway. Who the hell told you a mother-to-be’s smoking could harm her unborn child’s lungs? Really, there’s some imaginative logic going on there: ‘It’s bad for mummy’s lungs, therefore it must be bad for baby’s'! It seems to me you might be wise to start considering some of the things you’re being told a bit more critically. I’m sorry I didn’t respond to these points immediately. It simply never occurred to me there should be any need to. 2) why do you think a pregnant woman using cannabis would alter the state of the baby in her womb? Why do you think the baby’s conscience would be in a state that might be altered by the sudden appearance of phytocannabinoids? Even assuming a mother’s induction of phytocannabinoids somehow alters the state of the baby in her womb, why would you assume it would be detrimental? There’s no reason to believe it wouldn’t be exactly what the baby wanted and therefore was in need of. You weren’t thinking there were parts of the ecosystem – animals or races or plants or something else – which somehow came to be by mistake and shouldn’t really be here, were you? Was it very wrong of nature to invent cannabis? Maybe it’s all Eve’s fault for partaking of the apple? You didn’t think those infamous pregnancy cravings were void of purpose, did you?

    I’m afraid it might not be the most constructive course of action for you to rule out leaving any more comments on this website. I’m sure we would agree on much of what you believe in, Nicolette. For a start, you have done what you believe is best for your children, so that’s the first thing we can agree about. In any case, refusing to comment because you’re afraid someone might not agree with you is hardly a self-esteem inspiring exercise. It’s good that you believe it was in the best interests of your children for you to abstain from smoking while you were pregnant. However, that does not give you the right to impose your belief on anyone else. There are people who believe smoking cannabis during pregnancy is one of the most caring, nurturing, loving, healthy and positive things a pregnant mother can do for her unborn child. There may not be enough scientific evidence to support that point of view, but there’s more than enough evidence to determine that the other of them – the view that cannabis harms unborn babies – has no basis in fact.

    Now, I want to move slightly off topic here, because I want to castigate you for what I take as an unjustifiably offensive comment. I hear and feel a lot of this from people with vaginas and breasts and quite frankly I’m fed up with it. Yes, you’re absolutely right: you don’t know how I can have such a strong opinion on the matter, so I’ll tell you: we have four children. They’re all biologically mine and they’re all biologically my wife’s. They were all planned pregnancies, so I’ve known about them and participated actively in them since before conception. Although I might never physically experience the feeling of taking a load of man’s love into myself, making it into me and nurturing it carefully while carrying it about in the tummy under the breasts that will feed it, I can understand what that is and you have no right to say I can’t. You can’t know what I feel. I can watch a woman masturbating and enjoying an obviously genuine, spine splintering orgasm on the internet and no-one would doubt anyone knew how she felt. I don’t go along with this idea of men’s hard-wired inability to understand, and feel, maternal instincts and feelings. I don’t believe my wife’s pregnancies were any more terrible or wonderful to her than they were to me. OK, I’ll grant you there may be something unique about passing a lump the size of a bowling ball out of an orifice between your legs and there must be a lot of physical manifestations resulting from the hormones which make that possible, but I don’t see how this puts women in a entirely incomprehensible position. What I do see is how a lot of women use their body’s ability to accept, nurture and birth children as a stick to beat men. It very often comes out like this: ‘I don’t have to consider what you say, because you can’t possibly feel what I can, and my feelings – maternal realisation – are the most pure and worthy feelings humans can experience, so I’m better than you and you’re not important in comparison with me.’ Well, hey, if it keeps you going… I don’t buy it, though.

    As for abstinence… My dear Nicolette, I don’t know how old you are, but if nine months seems a long enough time to be considered a short time, I should think you’re quite a bit younger than me (45). One of the most annoying things I find about ageing is that it takes a lot of the precision out of memory. For example, I can’t remember if it was December ’94 or as late as sometime in the spring of ’95 when I smoked my last joint before abstaining while sorting out my life before having kids. Likewise, I can’t remember if it was late August or already September in 2004 when someone passed me a joint at work and I got stoned for the first time in almost a decade. It was a long time, anyway. Funnily enough, you know, I think it might have been nine years and nine months! So, there you go: it’s all relative – the sense of pride you feel for having abstained from cannabis for the nine month periods you were carrying a child inside you is probably not dissimilar to the pride I feel at having abstained for long enough to build the foundation for my family.

  59. Nicolette

    McD, Once again a fetus’s lungs are not developed enough to handle marijuana and I don’t think a fetus should be in any altered state in the womb, I find it interesting that you did not respond to that statement. This is the last comment that I will leave on this website because you are not going to agree with me anyhow and I believe that it was in the best interests of my children that I did not smoke while being pregnant and I don’t believe anyone else should. I don’t know how you can have such a strong opinion on the matter because you have never and never will go through the wonderful experience of pregnancy and abstaining from marijuana use for only the short term of nine months of your life.

  60. McD

    I’m not convinced ‘mumbo jumbo bullshit’ is the most accurate description, but I will concede it’s a bit off topic. Perhaps less off topic for this post in general, but not quite exactly how I would have liked to reply to your comment. Your reply to my reply, however, makes what is directly relevant to you(r attitude) clearer for me.

    1) Most pregnant women probably don’t smoke, or otherwise use, cannabis to alleviate symptoms of pregnancy. They, like most other people, probably just do it because it makes them feel better. This is one of the most wonderful things about mammalian bodies: they seek out what they need; if you need water, you feel thirsty; if you need food, you’re hungry. The ‘mumbo-jumbo (scientific) bullshit’ behind this it that phytocannabinoids are used by the body to maintain homeostasis, i.e. to regulate internal systems, e.g. the central nervous system and the digestive system. You might like to see http://www.cannabisscience.com/research-a-development.html for more detail, although that particular source is commercial and could consequently be considered somewhat more partisan than unbiased. Try googling and Wikepedia. It will all take you to the same place eventually if you don’t allow yourself to get diverted by some banal reefer-madness bollocks. Just steer clear of anything which might have been paid for with public money and you’ll get there eventually.

    1a) Everyone has the right to use cannabis, or any other gift from God’s bounty, whenever they so desire. Your body’s ability to determine what it needs is one of nature’s greatest gifts. All vertebrates use cannabinoids. No-one gets angry with cats for eating grass or do something else to make themselves vomit or otherwise regulate their body chemistry. It seems most peculiar that humans should be punished for doing the same thing. This human right, which is actually applicable to a far wider range of animals than just humans, is as fundamental as it is ignored and currently trampled underfoot.

    2) The consensus about what problems cannabis causes for unborn children is more or less settled now: (Even if the ‘mumbo-jumbo’ science still hasn’t filtered down to popular opinion yet.) it really doesn’t cause any problems, or certainly none that anyone has yet been able to say, ‘Yep, this child has that problem because its mother used cannabis when she was pregnant with it.’ Apart from the ‘mumbo-jumbo’ science, there are thousands of years of experience of using phytocannabinoids during pregnancy. You might like to see http://www.druglibrary.org/SCHAFFER/hemp/medical/can-babies.htm for details on what is probably the most comprehensive contemporary attempt to translate some of that experience into an account accessible from a current science-based perspective. I would strongly suggest you read this report. Although it’s not particularly recent – about fifteen years old, I believe – it could help you understand much more about what you’re talking about.

    So, to sum up, Nicolette, I should disagree with the last part of your last comment, ‘The research you are suggesting is current so what will the outcome be in a number of years. I guess everyone has a right to their own opinion….’ Firstly, although the (series of) article(s) I referred to at Illinois NORML isn’t really current research – it’s more a summary of old information which has just become accessible to current perspectives – it doesn’t really do much to illustrate why (phyto)cannabinoids are of no danger and potentially of great benefit to developing foetuses. Please see the reports I’ve indicated above to redress that balance and more accurately quell your fear about ‘what the outcome will be in a number of years.’ Secondly, I disagree that this is a matter of opinion. To say it’s a matter of opinion whether or not cannabinoids are detrimental to your health is much like saying it’s a matter of opinion whether or not using tobacco causes any damage. It’s beyond reasonable doubt. It’s really not a matter of opinion anymore. The mumbo-jumbo goes beyond that.

  61. Nicolette

    McD, It sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo bullsh*t to me, If you are in an altered state it isn’t good for your child because if it alters you can you imagine what it will do to your tiny fetus. The research you are suggesting is current so what will the outcome be in a number of years. I guess everyone has a right to their own opinion….

  62. McD

    Well, Nicolette, that’s just it: there is no doubt. See http://www.illinoisnorml.org/content/view/1058/133/:

    “#2 Should pregnant women smoke consume pot? PDF Print E-mail
    The Cannabis Papers
    – a citizen’s guide to cannabinoids
    by Publius

    Uterine cannabinoids and the beginning of human life

    “Do you want pregnant women to smoke pot?”

    That question bounced around the room (and in my head) for a moment. And the answer is an equivocal “Yes” — but the reason why I hesitate is the word “smoke.”

    Here’s a better question — “Do you want pregnant women to consume cannabinoids?” The answer to that question might surprise you, but this is too important of an issue to be wrong — no matter what misconceptions one might have. Current research is confirming a new theory: cannabinoids play a fundamental role in a healthy and successful pregnancy.
    First of all, there is no such thing as a drug-free pregnancy. The making of a baby is a biological and chemical phenomenon that every adult is somewhat familiar with. We know cells divide, organs grow, parts mature, and then birth — and the mystery of fertility goes on.

    One aspect of fertility is becoming significantly less mysterious. A 2006 report from the Pediatrics Department at Vanderbilt University characterized endocannabinoids as “an emerging concept in female reproduction.” Why such praise? Because of what they found: a “cannabinoid sensor” mechanism to influence crucial steps during early pregnancy.

    Pregnancy is a stress to the body. To modulate that stress, the ECS responds by creating endocannabinoids — the body’s version of “first responders.” By first responders I am referring to what the Vanderbilt research termed the “endocannabinoid signaling in preimplantation embryo development and activation.” One of the first things the fertilized embryo must do is to attach itself to the lining of the uterus. Without becoming attached to the uterine wall, which forms the umbilical cord, there will be no pregnancy. Here is where cannabinoids play a key role: for the embryo to become attached to the lining of the uterus, a particular range (or amount) of one specific endocannabinoid, called anandamide, is necessary. This endocannabinoid uses the CB1 receptors that are on the blastocyst (fertilized egg) — the same type of receptors that the herbal cannabinoid THC uses. The Vanderbilt research shows that if there is not enough of the endocannabinoid anandamide, or too much anandamide, the embryo will not become attached to the uterine lining. Here is the visual representation presented by the Vanderbilt research team:[ 1 ]“

  63. Nicolette

    When you become pregnant the symptoms that you have are all pretty normal and EVERYONE gets them so why should anybody feel that they have the right to smoke marijuana to alleviate them. Everyone else deals with these symptoms as they come. When you decide to have a baby or get pregnant it means that you become unselfish and make your baby the number one priority in your life. I enjoyed drinking and smoking cigarettes when I drank and when I became pregnant I didn’t go have a drink to celebrate. It’s wonderful that all of your kids turned out to be “normal” and gifted but consider yourselves lucky nobody knows what problems marijuana may cause to your unborn child. When in doubt, don’t. Put your children first.

  64. Nicole

    Oh!I forgot to warn people about CPS.Do ur research on CPS.They loooooooove takin children from their parents and adopting them out.(They get money for it)PLEASE DONT GIVE THEM ANY TYPE OF REASON TO TAKE UR CHILD!If u can’t stop smokin weed for 3-4 months durin ur pregnancy…. U have a serious problem.I mean…..I can’t live without my reefer either!(It has saved the lives of many who r in my life.lol)Thank God that I was able to stop duiring my pregnancies.
    Just think about the pain u would feel if the child u carried for 9 long months was taken away and adopted jus bcuz u chose weed over ur unborn baby.Don’t get me wrong….I need my meds daily,but u have to realize the law is not on ur side!They’ll let u kill an unborn baby but u can’t smoke weed.WELCOME TO AMERICA!

  65. Nicole

    All u have to do is call a hospital(in ur state),ask 4 Labor & Delivery,then say u have a question for a nurse. Say that u have a freind who won’t stop smoking the reefer(love that name 4 it) and u want to know what happens to the mother of an infant born with reefer(:)) in his system so u can scare ‘her’ into stopping.
    In the state of Kansas they don’t take ur baby but they do put you in ‘the system’(not good)and send a caseworker to ur home.To me….the gov being in my business is just not worth it.I would stop and resume IMMEDIATELY when my baby was born.

  66. Marcelle

    Does anybody know anything about Nevada laws concerning meconium testing/ CPS intervention? I really need to know.

  67. Jenni

    I live in CA and I did smoke marijuana during my pregnancy. I had smoked cigarettes but quit that immediately when I discovered I was pregnant. I smoked weed during my entire pregnancy. Not every day, but when I couldn’t eat and had anxiety problems. It especially helped when I first woke up and felt extremely nauseous. I did cut back a great deal towards the end and barely smoked only when urgent. (Anxiety attack coming on, problems eating etc.) When I started labor I went to the hospital, but they sent me home for the night and was in labor the entire night. They instructed me to get rest and with the labor pains I was not able to sleep until I smoked one hit. I did sleep a few hours and then early the next morning I went back to the hospital in full labor. The nurse asked me if I had taken any drugs and I did disclose I smoked marijuana, but I lied and said it had been like a month. They did lecture me, ect.

    I never had any problems with them drug testing me or my son. (I have Kaiser insurance.) My son was full term and was perfect with no problems and a high apgar score. He was 7lbs 9ozs. Much bigger than my first son at 5lbs 13oz and 3 weeks one day early (technically premature.) He was perfect and had the highest possible apgar score. He was just very small. Interesting thing was that my first pregnancy I quit before my first trimester was over in fear that it could harm the baby. I had a lot of stress from my now-ex and smoking weed could have prevented the number of anxiety attacks which probably resulted in my son being a little early and small. My second son didn’t have as high of an apgar score, but not much lower than my first son.

    I did do a lot of research before continuing smoking and I figured that any risk outweighed my having anxiety attacks which I believe is much more harmful for the baby than THC. This was over 2 years ago now so I wouldn’t know if things have changed.

    I wouldn’t recommend smoking weed to others during their full pregnancy as I did UNLESS eating and/or anxiety was as serious or worse than me. Don’t take my word for it. Make your own decision and do the research to see if they will test your baby for weed or not.

    Good luck.

  68. brittany

    Am wondering what has happened with your case. I’m due in May, have cut down, but haven’t quit. I plan to in the next couple days.

  69. Amy

    First of all , I want to say thank you to everyone for their posts. It seems that researching anywhere else on the internet , all you are going to find are replies on what a bad mother you are, and don’t deserve to have your child. It’s good to know there is honest , non judgmental like minded people. I’m a Washington state resident, and at about 31 weeks, I haven’t been tested (to my knowledge) and am pretty sure I don’t set off any “red flags” I just want to know if there are any after stories from moms (on the positive side) because I’m worried about losing my little one. It’s just sad to know, I could continue doing coke, drinking, and smoking cigarettes (we purchased a vaporizer for mj) and that I wouldn’t have to bite my nails about my baby being taken away, but having mj, which has helped, my anxiety, morning sickness and everything else is a reason to take him away. :-|

  70. Monet

    I am 35 weeks pregnant and have a medical marijuana license!! I have been smoking but not as much!! I haven’t smoked in a week because I am worried my child will be drug tested after birth. I live in CA and need to know will this occur and does my m.m.l. make a difference in my usage!! my doctor has never drug tested me so no worries their but need to know the facts!!! i am highly stressed out and need a smoke. can any one please inform me!! thanks!

  71. xcannabis.com

    Those are good questions. But think of it this way, the premise for women to be able to murder a baby inside their womb, is based on “a woman being in control of her own body”.

    So if women can murder babies on this premise, it would serve reason if they allowed women to choose which medication they wish to use.

  72. Michelle

    im the same way im 5 months now and due in june if i quit now will baby be ok or will they still test the baby first bowel

  73. jro

    This could be interesting. I live in Colorado. My live-in boyfriend has his MMJ card, so he’s legal. I partake on occasion, but am don’t have a card. I am only 8 weeks pregnant and so I should be fine, but I’m curious if he smokes around me (he often smokes in the bedroom at night) can that show up on my tests? I wonder how the powers that be are going to deal with the medical MJ issue now…if I have a card, can I smoke while pregnant or not?

  74. Ashley

    I agree with everything you said! My gut feeling is telling me to get out of here at least for a few days until there is time for the test to come back and find out the results. What pisses me off too is that they are not concerned with neglect and abuse just simply being able to control the purchase of non taxable goods. Which is also why they are not testing women for alcohol or tobacco during pregnancy or at the tine of birth…because if they did that they would lose precious tax dollars! So frustrating!

  75. J.W.

    Build a fence around your house and get a GIGANTIC dog. No law requires you to acknowlege or respond to unidentified strangers at your gate. You ARE however allowed to stand on your front porch and flip these jackasses off with both hands(see first amendment). But if you choose to demand that they respect your rights, your childrens well being will immediately become secondary to their new goal, showing you exactly how little protection you can expect from the constitutition and the lowlifes who wrap themselves in it while they screw you.
    Bottom line, kid, if you dont have connections or a boatload of money your next best resource is your feet, it’s a big world and once you’re outta their hair they don’t want to chase you down.
    If you stay and comply, comply, comply, IT WILL NEVER END, These people are worse than drug warriors and they won’t stop ’til the kids are grown up or taken away from you.(just so you’ll know whose really the boss)

  76. McD

    You know what the painfully ironic thing about all of this is: look at the posts below from pregnant women. Most of them are really worried. The hormone imbalance caused by the stress of fear is far more damaging to future mothers and their unborn children, not to mention concerned husbands and fathers, who can do little more than impotently witness the injustice of the trauma, than anything cannabis could do! What a fucking mess! Thank you Anslinger, you asshole!

    Try to relax ladies; don’t think about it too much; like the babies growing inside you and the plants that grow to nourish us, everything’s in God’s hands. Your concern is good and healthy, but evil men’s evil laws may twist, distort and amplify it to hurt you and your unborn child. Don’t let them. Have faith in yourself and your child. Fuck everything else. Relax. You’ve done nothing wrong. God sees everything.

  77. DoU420

    Hope this info I am fixing to provide eases some minds and helps some before they get to this point.

    In the last 12 years states and welfare people have been testing pregnant mothers without consent.
    Which I totally disagree with.

    I was one of them, some 13 years ago, I was lucky tho, the nurse secretly told me of the test results and that if I did not stop, I would lose my child at delivery. I was 8-10 weeks from delivery then. I was so scared, I know the feelings of some of you young women on here now worrying if this will happen. I have 3 kids and smoked with all of them. I see no harm resulting from MJ. But in today’s society you are guilty till proven innocent.. If your pregnant, and smoke, be ready to face the music…or stop till after delivery. If you get caught early before delivery they may make you do drug counseling, if your past 6 months you SHOULD STOP NOW!, to give time to cleanse your/baby systems. Once you deliver they will test the baby if ANY traces are found, baby stays and officials are called, if no traces found you get to take baby home after a quick interview with a worker, keep your cool. Oh and one more thing, they may again check your baby so dont smoke if you plan to breastfeed. Best thing try not to smoke while pregnant, but if you have too, QUIT BY 6 MONTHS, you never know if you will be early.

  78. ilovemerrik

    I am dealing with cps after being tested…without my consent…in the hospital while giving birth to my son. I smoked weed while I was pregnant for all of the previously stated benefits. I had a wonderful pregnancy and my son was born full term with NO complications and almost 8 pounds! CPS had yet to give me any explanation why smoking marijuana is harmful to my baby or myself and they haven’t made any effort get to know me as a mother. They interviewed me one time and have come back twice over three months to drug test me. My case was scheduled to be closed Jan. 4th and is still open today, Feb. 11th. What I am terrified of now is they showed up on thursday morning to “check on the baby” one last time before she closed the case but was only concerned with getting me to submit to another drug test. She had no conversation with me or even got close to my son. I passed the first test but I’m afraid I may not pass this drug test, which by the way they do saliva tests now. Marijuana is detectable for only 24 hours in your saliva but I like an idiot I smoked on wednesday. I assumed that since the original agreement I signed was to comply with random drug tests until Jan. 4 that they wouldn’t test me again. I am freaking out they are going to try and take my son!!! I can’t eat or sleep and can’t believe that I could lose precious time watching my so grow his first year of life for something so little as weed. I DO NOT neglect or abuse my son!!! And frankly I am ready to fight these bitches till the end. I am a good mother and do not deserve to have this hanging over my head while I should be strictly enjoying being a mommy! We need to do something…this just doesn’t feel right. If I fail is there any chance they will give me a second chance to pass another test or is that it?

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  80. J.

    HOWEVER-I do not want to song-and-dance about this, and am completely confident in my choices and have only quit smoking over the past week whilst I await my “judgement.” I already feel like the choices for my pregnancy are being taken out of my hands. I looked on the WA gov. website, and found these lovely little guidelines for identifying “at risk” mothers and infants. Please check them out if you live in WA and this applies to your situation:
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/CFH/MCH/documents/HospTestDrug.pdf & http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/mch/documents/ScreenGuideline.pdf

    Please do note that an inquistive mind is often met with suspicion, especially in regards to a woman who is pregnant and most especially with women who are pregnant and inquire about drug testing. The prevailing attitude seems to be that if you, as a pregnant woman, have nothing to worry about, then you wouldn’t have any questions. I really hate the way that pregnant women are often treated as little more than mindless, hormonal incubators. And now for my questions and concerns:
    I fear that switching to another OB/midwife will immediately prompt my current OB to contact CPS, my insurance company, my job, and America’s Most Wanted. I am also concerned on how to go about finding an OB/midwife that will not persecute me for my choices. It seems like calling from office to office and inquiring about prenatal drug testing is the fastest way to get flagged for trouble. So if anyone one knows a like-minded ob/ midwife in the Eastern WA area, I would love to get their information. Actually, I would appreciate any current information on this subject, as that WA is in the process of (hopefully!) reforming marijuana laws.
    And most of all, thank you to all the other women who are suffering this as I am for sharing your fears and frustrations. My god, it is awful and thank god I am not the only one.
    Good luck to us all.

  81. J.

    Thank god I’m not alone. And on top of the morning sickness, raging hormones, sheer exhaustion, paranoia of outcome, fits of tears, and a feeling of solidarity, I am also FURIOUS beyond words that I am being guilted out of what would be an otherwise thrilling experience. I am so wrapped up in having to defend myself that I cannot concentrate on how happy I am to be pregnant. I feel robbed of my joy, and I am pissed. But like I said, Thank god I am not alone.
    I live and work in WA state. I smoked marijuana on and off during my first pregnancy, in 2005. Was never tested, and my son turned out perfect. Pregnant again in Nov. 2009. Smoked more than moderately to keep morning sickness and hormonal raging at bay. First prenatal visit in Jan. 2010, at which time I was informed that I was being drug tested. I do not know what the indicators or rationale for this testing was, or if this automatic testing is now standard. (BTW-If it is a standard now, I cannot wait for the state to start drug testing welfare recipients, yet am sure that both the testing and results would have a negative impact on the ability to garnish program funding.) But I digress. So anyway, was tested in early Jan. and am going in this week for the results, but already have a pretty good I dea what I am going to hear. Am early enough along that I could most likely play along and not have to worry about intrusion of CPS, or the judgemental treatment of medical staff. HOWEVER

  82. GISELA

    Im 32 weeks pregnant and I stopped smoking weed when I was almost 5 months pregnant. Is the baby or I going test postive for thc? * Answers Please Let Me Know* Thanks!!!!!!!!

  83. seriously? any ANSWERS!?!

    does anyone have an AFTER story here? im 35 weeks preg and quit pot almost 2 mos. ago. do they or dont they test the newborn? im in NY. if so, i quit 2 mos. ago will it show up? thx! ps PLEASE email me annieg0380@gmail.com

  84. mary transki

    i will tell you all like this i am dealing with ocs an its not fun being accused of using drugs even though i havent done anything since 2006 an i just delieverd my 2 1/2 month old son in october the day after his fathers birthday an now my kids have been taken from me temp., to find out if i am a fit mother……

  85. azamber

    Also, here are the CPS guidelines for AZ.

  86. azamber

    I know firsthand the laws in AZ, I have posted here previously. Here are the Guidelines for Identifying substance Exposed Newborns In Az. Chances are, you will be fine. I smoked all throughout my most recent pregnancy, didn’t raise any red flags, had another C-section, and did not get drug tested. I had this baby at a different hospital and used a different doctor. Informing myself of the laws helped a lot. I use marijuana medicinally for a number of reasons and especially during pregnancy. My children are wonderful. It is my firm belief that it will be legal soon, and all of us “smoking moms” will be vindicated. Best of luck to you and your new baby!

  87. pregnant23mom

    so they didnt take your baby,since they didnt find in the childs system

  88. Ashleigh

    Does anyone know what will happen to my baby? I live on Maui and my doctor told me it was okay to smoke for my morning sickness as long as i was neg. by the time i gave birth. I went to see another dr because mine was out and i told her i smoked as well. Well, with my next doctor visit my Dr. told me since it was in my charts she had to test me. it came back positive of course. but she told me it was okay? im 27 weeks and quit today. What is going to happen? Im really scared Thanks

  89. M in Oregon

    Well, springer,

    I wish you luck with your birth and the state,

    Bbut I am skeptical that your military and spook credentials speak to a lack of mental problems. Many of the worst sociopaths in the world are military and non-military spooks…

    I also hope you know that much of the worlds worst drug and violence problems have been directly caused by military and non-military spooks with top secret clearances acting with, and at times without their government’s blessing…

    And Finally I hope you ultimately realize that that kind of work, done in secrecy, despite occasional positive outcomes, ultimately leads to a world that is worse than the one before it, both for your little boy or girl, and mine.

  90. Smoking Bandit

    Yes,my wife works in the baby bizness and it is standard procedure. Oddly enough, our last grandchild was born at home. ON PURPOSE

  91. rawringrachel

    sadly to say, ive actually been told by all my friends whove recently had babies, that the babies are tested at the time of birth for drugs.. i dont know if thats just for california, or everywhere, but it worries me a little. i quit smoking 8 weeks before my due date, so ive been clean a week, but i dont know if its long enough for my unborn son to be clean aswell.. i smoked daily for a couple years before getting knocked up.. hopefully they dont take my baby! ill put up such a hissy fit if they do! they give plenty of tweakers their babies back, i better get mine back!

  92. To UNKNOWN

    So if all these scientists cant find any proof and SOMEHOW you can..lets see it my dear : ) otherwise keep your cruel and hurtful comments to yourself…you may not agree with what other people do but no need to judge. Only God can be the one to judge us. :greenmj:

  93. Vonnie

    I live in Indiana too and Im 36 weeks pregnant i have been smoking pot to and im just wondering what happened with you after you had your baby if the baby got drug tested. please reply to me I am very nervous!!!

  94. unknown

    All of you a ridiculous! Your having a child. Weed should be your last priority. IT can be harmful to your baby. You should be ashamed and dont deserve to be pregnent!

  95. char

    INDIANA YES

  96. char

    my daughter had her baby 10-29-2009 c-section her urine showed up positive for benzos on 11-1-2009 the day she was to leave the hospital cps showed and took the baby right then we have waited 2 weeks now the meconium (baby first poop) shows positive for thc not benzos,she was prescribed benzos for anxiety but stopped taking them 3 months earlier,she had smoked marijuana on occasion around the same time for morning sickness but none of the two since she was prescribed subutex for pain from scholiosis which she was taking till her c-section we are trying to fight the “SYSTEM” BUT ONCE YOU GET YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION, IT IS HARD TO GET BACK OUT. so i wish you luck because a newborn needs to bond with mother as much as mother needs to bond with newborn and for these people to take this away is just WRONG my daughter is devastated and not taking anything for fear that she may not get her baby back even though she needs medication (not marijuana) for her medical conditions.

  97. tnwynter

    I have been smoking weed throughout my pregnancy and never heard of infants being given drug tests shortly after being born or that doctors can drug test you. If you would have tested positive for drugs in prenatal care wouldn’t you have been notified or are they not required to tell you the results? If the test would have been positive would you have been contacted by CPS by now? I am 39 weeks and about to deliver and am really freaking out. Can they drug test my child without consent? What are the grounds for testing? I live in Tennessee. Someone please help me!

  98. chrissie

    I am a mother of 3 and currently pregnant with the 4th and sorry to say i smoked pot with all my children and was never tested until the 3rd child when she was born.The doctor said they found THC in my system but not the child which i found was unusual if i smoked for 9 months. i believe they found no harm to baby she was 9lbs 2oz and very smart now at age 14 months.And all other children i have are straight a students

  99. LC

    I live in Indiana and have spent the last several hours researching the topic of perinatal drug testing. I am 36 weeks pregnant and I just smoked a hit today. Now, I am wishing I hadn’t today or for the past five months knowing that there is a chance that the babies meconium will be tested. I have read through state legistation and protocol through the government website and found the following to be true:

    1. Samantha is wrong. Every baby will not be tested.
    2. Meconium testing is used if a mother’s drug use is suspected. This testing in the state of Indiana is a pilot program and is used when certain criteria are met.
    3. Newborns are tested if they weigh less than 2500 grams or their head is smaller than the 10th percentile. Lack of pre-natal care, doctor suspision, and withdrawal symptoms are some other reasons why a test may be conducted.

    http://www.justanswer.com/questions/13k91-indiana-law-require-mandatory

    I am hoping that since my limited intake of marijuana should not lead to any withdrawal symptoms and I have been maintaining pre-natal care, so I should be in the clear. I have taken great care of myself throughout this pregnancy despite difficult circumstances. I have hardly smoked pot and I quit smoking cigs and drinking. Of course, according to Indiana law, those should have been my drugs of choice.
    You should not be making ignorant generalized statements to scare people about their lifestyle choices. Marijuana is only judged so harshly due to its legal status and not by it’s negative effects on a fetus.

  100. Reba

    I am at 29 weeks and quit smoking 2 days ago. I dont believe i will be tested but whats the point of taking that chance? for a high? what an embarassment it would be to tell my family and friends they cant hold my son because i decided to smoke pot! i quit smoking cigerettes at about 4 months, that causes the most damage, why arent we tested for that? instead we’re tested for something not even half as harmfull. this system is fucked up. just wanted to get my opinion out, especially to other soon to be moms smoking pot.

  101. Mom to 3 boys

    Does anyone know the state laws in TN for drug testing newborns? I have smoked from the second trimester until about a week ago, stopped, then smoked two nights in a row and am now quitting again. I will not smoke anymore, but my last son that I did smoke with had pooped before he came out, so I don’t know if they could test it? I am three weeks from my due date and starting to totally freak out… can someone give me the law or does anyone know about how they do this in TN? I can’t find ANY information on my state about it. Are there any SAFE ways to help clean out mine and my baby’s system in the meantime? other than lots of water of course? If the Dr. tested me would they tell me? Thank you so much…

  102. fisherman

    My wife is 19wks and 4 days and quit smoking today. What are the chances a meconium test will come back positive? Do midwives in AZ test meconium?

  103. sweetkitty

    But my daughter was born, is beautiful AND her tox screen (which they did by putting a plastic bag over her privates in a diaper for the first several hours of her life) was CLEAN. I still had to talk to some bullshit social worker at the hospital but that was it.

    Did they take a meconium sample? and why did you still have to talk to a social worker if you and your daughter came up clean? I’m curious to know if you clean out your system and flush it with water, herbal medications, etc., will the baby’s meconium test negative?

  104. brittany

    Imshington 23 yrs old and having my first child .im in my34 wk and very nervous that my daughter might get taken away at bith due to my marijuana use! i live in seattle washington and am wondering if cps gets invlved due to thc in the baby? if antone could please respond to this i would be thankful if it be good or bad news!!!! :-|

  105. Samantha

    Should have thought about putting yourself in this situation before you decided to put that mj in your system…oh yea, lets not forget that while you are under all this stress the baby is under stress also, but why think about a human being that you can’t see or make decisions for themselves…wow…you all need to start thinking about someone besides YOURSELVES.

  106. Samantha

    My sister in law is a foster parent and I am telling you in the state of Indiana they have cracked down on babies being born with mj in their system. The state of Indiana requires EVERY baby to be tested and CPS be informed of any test that comes up positive. I have first hand known of someone that stopped smoking in their 5th month and tested positive. The child was placed with a foster parent until the mother was tested clean 3 times in a random 6 month process and having a case worker having the right to knock on her door at anytime to make sure the house was up to CPS standards and the baby was being taken care of (after she finally got the child back). Also, once you are in the system you are easily singled out. Putting yourself in this (and even worse your baby) in this situation is not a good thing. Maybe some of you should think about that baby and start being a responsible parent before the baby is born enstead of waiting and then start acting as if you care if that baby is born and coming home with you. Wow some of these comments and questions are unbelievable if you actually put that baby first in your life and then read what you wrote.

  107. Neli

    I am 34 weeks pregnant. I have tested posivite at Dr visits and was seen by the hospital social worker. She informed me that it was no big deal as long as I didn’t test positive again and that she would randomly test me one more time. Well i quit for a few months and just recently, about a month ago, smoked again. Ofcourse I hadn’t been tested again until I smoked again. I live in Ca and I’m wondering if anyone knows if in CA a child can be removed from an otherwise responsible parent for having smoked pot during pregnancy. I smoked for the last time a few days ago and don’t plan on smoking again in hopes of my baby being clean at birth. I hate this!! I smoked throughout my second pregnancy and I hate to say this but, she’s smarter, more vibrant and above average IQ than my first kid whom I stayed away from pot with. Someone out there who knows some CA law please let me know if it’s possible that my child will be removed over this so I can start packing my backs for Mexico now.

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  109. J.W.

    Ypu also have to remember that once enmeshed in their system you face an adversary with limitless resources.
    My advice to anyone facing down such an organization is RUN LIKE HELL. They will never quit and nothing you do will satisfy them.
    The hoops they want you to jump through are for their benefit only. They keep you busy while they continue to suck on the tit of every hard working taxpayer.
    No court in the land will help you make them go away and no lawyer wants to represent a “child abuser” . Once they have that label firmly affixed to your character, you’re screwed. RUN RUN RUN

  110. Amy
  111. Amy

    I am so paranoid and scared right now. I am currently 38 weeks also, and have been smoking my entire pregnancy. I am worried about the hospital drug testing my baby and the outcome it may bring. I have two other children who were born in 2003 and 2004, I smoked the entire time with them also (they are bright children). I have never been drug tested while pregnant(from my knowledge). CPS has never been called on me for anything. The only thing I am worried about is if they test this child, she will come up positive, and CPS will take my baby away and possibly my other children. Besides pot being in my system there are no other reasons for cps to take my children. My children are happy, healthy, and loved, they are in school, my house stays clean, and there is enough room for everyone. I would hate for everything to go down the drain because of a little pot. That would be devastating. By the way, I don’t think my doctor has drug testing me unless she just hasnt told me so. I put on my records that I dont smoke, but I am still worried that they may test at the hospital. I live in Florida, so, any information would be appreciated.

  112. J.W.

    When did the health care industry merge with the DEA?

  113. ajt

    Hello

    I recently had a child. I had smoke wed all during the pregancy. They will test the meconium
    only if you have came up dirty at any of the docs visits . this is my story

    I went to the same doc i had seen for all of my kids this was number 4. I tested dirty 4 times. when i went in for delivery my urion was clean. And they informd me that the meconium was going to be tested. i found out that the meconium begins to form from the 5th mo. My little girl was posiative but her urion was neagative.

    Now cps did come in and talk to me. I was informed that they was going to and at home visite to make sure the kid came home to a clean house. and up to cps standards. I was made to have a person present with em and my kid. untill i could seek counseling. I was made to go see a drug counseler for almost 5 mo and i drug tested myslef all the time at the doc office.

    The thin you need to rem is that. You need to go above and beyond what they ask you to do. they do nto want ot be here for a little pot. you need to make sure that everyone there beleaves you are so sorry that you will never do drugs ever again. if you can make theses people beleave this then they eventualy will leave you alone.

    never tell a cps worker or a counseler you use pot calm yourself. You should always tell them it is for recriational use only. and you only some once ina while when it is offered you enver buy it nad you do not have any friends or family that due drugs. You tell them your man does not knwo you did anythign you are going to have to tell him so let him in on that.

    The reasson why i say to tell them your man does nto know , is that way the person that is going to be suporviseing you untill they can get a cousel together to decide what to do. witch with only being pot it wont be anything other than counceling and see a drug person.

  114. Forpsych

    I am 34 weeks pregnant and I live in Indiana. I have smoked everyday during this pregnancy and my last two pregnancies. With my 2nd pregnancy, I was stupid and told the doctor that when I was 17 I had experimented with different drugs but didn’t do them anymore (this was 7 years ago – last pregnancy). Anyway, they tested me right away and I came up positive for THC. So, when I had my son they informed me that they were going to test him and if he came up positive then CPS would have to be involved. I had quit smoking 3 1/2 weeks before I had him and he came up clean. Here is where I am confused: I have been doing research the last week and have found that they test the meconium which goes back 4-5 months.

    Now, I am due in 6 weeks and I smoked last night as my farewell joint. I am not worried about my daughter testing positive for mj, I am worried that CPS will try to take her from me. My fiance and I talked last night and I guess it never crossed his mind that she could be taken from us. This is my only concern, seeing as how I will end up getting violent with anyone who attempts to take my child. I don’t see how they can do this when there is no proven research to say that mj has negative effects on the fetus!!!!

    If any of you live in Indiana or know of anyone that has been in this situation in Indiana, please reply to my post. I want to know if they (CPS) will take a baby because of a positive THC result. I am not going to smoke for the rest of my pregnancy but it doesn’t really matter if they test the meconium instead of urine.

    *I read a post on a different site where a woman stated that the best thing to do is NEVER let your baby out of your sight in the hospital – I will definitely be doing this!!!! :-x

  115. amber

    hey i agree with u but i was wondering if the pot showed up in your babies blood test b/c we smoke in ourhome as well…. plz let me know….

    concerned parent

  116. scared2death

    I am 38 weeks pregnant and so scared that will take my baby away from me cuz i smoked during my seventh month but not a lot, i was jus stressed out?? I dnt know what to do..im terrified they will take my baby gurl…

  117. ashley

    I am 39 and a half months pregnant and i have been smoking pot everday of my pregnancy. I haven’t had anything abnormal with my pregnancy so far and my dr hasn’t done any drug test on me,however i must mention that i live in Canada, British Columbia to be more specific and I have NEVER EVER heard of any babies being taken away from their mothers or fathers after birth for testing positive for THC, however i have also never heard of such stupid nonsence of manditory “drug screening” before or after giving birth for the mother, baby or father. I think that it is OUTRAGEOUS that the U.S government can take your child away and possibly charge you with child abuse/neglect if your baby test positive for thc when there are probably loads of babies out there born with fetal achohol syndrome. WTF???? is there anybody who can honestly say that they think drinking during pregnancy is better than smoking marijuana. Consuming alcohol during pregnancy is KNOWN to lead to F.A.S, yet there have been no conclusive or consistent studies that show that marijuana has any KNOWN side effects on new borns or older children of marijuana smokers. I am glad that i live in a country that is not so closed minded to the use of marijuana during pregnancy(some drs recomend it for morning sickness) and doesn’t look at it in the same way or rather with less concern than consuming alcohol when your pregnant. U.S laws are CRAZY.
    YAY CANADA!!!!!

  118. Audrey

    here’s an update on what went on with me:
    I was due April 21. 2 weeks before that date I stopped smoking, and then I was 16 days late…a total of 30 days of no smoking and drinking a gallon of water a day. Other than that I didn’t do anything differently except HOPE.
    I am kinda mad about one thing….my whole life including this pregnancy up till when I quit smoking, my blood pressure was on the low side. Suddenly – and yes I know this happens sometimes at the end of pregnancy – my blood pressure was way too high. Connection? I don’t know. But I ended up having to be induced and eventually getting an emergency C-section, which truly sucks. But my daughter was born, is beautiful AND her tox screen (which they did by putting a plastic bag over her privates in a diaper for the first several hours of her life) was CLEAN. I still had to talk to some bullshit social worker at the hospital but that was it.

  119. grit

    :-| i need to know that same question.. i stay in florida thought to

  120. Springer

    Hello.
    I’m almost 37 weeks i am still smoking pot. I have anxiety and the only thing that makes me feel better is the weed i’m not fat as normal and i am a good weight for my pregnancy there are no other problems in home or me that should constitute my baby beging removed from me at birth. I’ve trying to find any laws and rules in my county solono county california so i know what to expect there is no way i’ll be clean even if I stopped right now. i’m not heavy use but the last week i’ve been very uncomfortable and have really needed it to rest with the tylenol pm that my doc oked. I’m scared but i’m finding nothing in ca law stating the removal of my child unless there was meth or some other drug of that nature not just pot i feel guilty for this but my mother smoked up till birth with me and i have an above average IQ was a military spook with a top secret clearance ie no brain problems. So it’s hard for me to see it even wrong at all. any law links for ca, or solono county, vallejo please send on.
    thank you

  121. STnurse

    To the statement that moms drinking and smoking meth during their pregnancies get away with it bc it doesn’t stay in the system…good try at a justification, however, i worked all day at the newborn nursery today..every mom&baby is drug-screened, and EVERYTHING the mom did at ANY time during her pregnancy is found in the baby’s first stool (poop), which is where they get their tests from. So to correct that..yes, they get in much more trouble. Saw 2 moms today lose their babies bc of meth, coke, n maryj. No studies show it’s harmful, however, child protective services will HAVE to be notified. It is in the nurses/drs hands to notify them. They have to or they lose their licenses.

  122. xcannabis

    I suggest using a midwife first and foremost.. But to be safe, 45 days to get clean, by maintaining your current diet.

  123. Drikka

    im 6 months pregnant (25 weeks) this is number 3 for me i smoke pot with all my kids cause it all ways made me feel better when i was sick. I always stop around 6 months and my system would be clean before i had the baby. but i really dont think this baby is going to last 9 months. so how long will it take for me to get the weed out of me and my unborn baby system before i give birth. If someone have the answer please let me know.

  124. xcannabis

    There has been a 10yr case study in Jamaica on pregnant women who use cannabis, and how it effects the baby. Look up Melanie Dreher, or click the link below.

    All this stuff with the panick over the baby having cannabis in the system is reefer madness, of course.

    http://xcannabis.com/2008/08/cannabis-use-and-pregnancy-with-melanie-dreher-rn-phd/

  125. Audrey

    I too am freaking out…I’ve been a daily smoker for many years and am now 38 weeks pregnant. Been told that they will only call Social Services if the baby’s urine tests positive at birth but at this point (2 weeks from my due date!) it seems like there is no way in hell she could be clean! I have stopped smoking and might be able to pass myself but I’ve heard infants metabolize stuff much slower so there is probably no chance in hell a few weeks clean will fix the problem! Freaking out. Everything else has been absurdly healthy and now I am worrying myself sick about what will happen at the hospital!

  126. Amy Munsell

    Hello All fellow mothering tokers! My baby is going in for a heart surgery next week. she was born with a little hole in her heart that needs to be fixed. I smoked the first 3 months of her pregnancy and then quit when I tested positive. Well she was born happy and healthy (besides the little hole) and I am once again a smoker. We dont breastfeed so nothing goes into her system. We do smoke in the kitchen and blow all the smoke into the hood fan above the stove. They are going to do a blood test at the hospital and more than likely test her for drugs. We dont sit there and get hella blazed and there is never stagnent smoke hanging in the room. would there be a slight chance she could be positive in her blood test? I know blood tests are a lot more presice than urine. We are damn good parents and only smoke at night after work, and usually when she is asleep for the night in her crib. but sometimes we bring her into the kitchen and she plays in her bouncy furthest away from the stove. I live in denver, which is a pretty tolerant place to live for a smoker, so I have no idea what to expect. I will always be a smoker, i dont drink, and I like to relax at night. Fucking sue me. I just dont want ss brought into my life and chance my baby taken away. Pot does wonders, and the more stuck up snobby people realize that we can make this world pleasent for everyone. Thanks Y’all

    STONER MOM AND PROUD OF IT!!!

  127. ASLM

    I might add that through my pregnancy, my son was most active while I was smoking and shortly there after. My husband’s main fear has since been that our son will turn out to be a pot smoker himself based on his intrauterine enjoyment of thc.

    He’s now over a year old, happy, healthy, vibrant, curious, intelligent, independent, little mr. attitude, etc. AKA, he’s normal, if not above average.

    ~Avid Smoker and Loving Mother

  128. ASLM

    I only found out about this article within the past few days, but I can say this:

    I live in Florida, I found out I was pregnant at 2 months, smoked until I was 6 months, and started again at 7 months. My water broke 4 days AFTER my EDD while I was sleeping. I was in the hospital in labor for 40 hours, about 36 or so in active labor, which ended in “emergency” c-section. My son was 8 lbs, 21″ (remarkably average) and got 9′s on both apgar tests; he was only a little jaundiced and had gross “eye-boogies”. He was medicated for possible infection from the long labor during our 3 day stay in the hospital. (eye boogies were possibly caused by the medication)

    I was honest and told my doctor’s office that I had smoked marijuana in the past during my new patient/first prenatal visit. I was never advised of a drug test being performed through the duration of my pregnancy, I had the standard blood lab test AND a 3 hour glucose test, plus the urine test at every prenatal appointment, which is standard at my Ob (they do a pregnancy test you could buy at the dollar store at the beginning of the appt). I was not advised of a pregnancy test upon admittance to the hospital, though they did take a urine sample.

    I’ve never heard anything from DCF on the matter of thc in my system, nor the baby’s. Reminder, I smoked about all the way through.

    I might also mention that my pregnancy was nearly perfect. I had morning sickness on and off, and I had a uti, a yeast infection, a sinus infection, and an ear infection. My sister, who has never used pot in her life, had several problems, including a few false starts, and was put on bed rest and full pelvic rest, ie, no action “down there” at all.

    This said:

    With the current climate, I would not recommend anyone do what I did. As beneficial as the marijuana has been for you, and as harmful as it is NOT to your unborn children, IF you love your children, stop smoking now so that you don’t have to worry about losing them. For now, it seems to be the only way.

    As far as being worried of thc in the baby’s poo on birth, more than 55% of the thc passed is in the poo, so that’s why they would test there. I don’t know whether or not it goes away, and it seems like the meconium (first poop) is produced and stored from earlier on in the pregnancy, SO if they only test the baby if you’re dirty, make sure to be clean!

    ~Avid Smoker and Loving Mother

  129. Chad J

    This is an outrage! :rant:
    Why did they do a urine test on an “INFANT” to begin with??? :nonono:
    Plus I was born a :pot: “pot baby” :pot:
    In my own studies, people whom were born with t.h.c. in their system, are more in touch with their natural senses, plus they have an uncanny ability to “read into” a person with more depth than their average counterparts
    Allowing them almost a 6th sense of insight onto others” :2thumb:

  130. azamber

    Correction: I wrote, “In AZ, back in 2005, then Gov. Napolitano signed legislation mandating that health care workers who were aware of prenatal substance abuse be reported to CPS, marijuana included.”

    It should read:, “In AZ, back in 2005, then Gov. Napolitano signed legislation mandating that health care workers who were aware of prenatal substance abuse, marijuana included, report the mothers to CPS.”

  131. azamber

    I live in AZ and my last pregnancy, I smoked with my daughter. I was admitted to the hospital for a complete previa (unrelated to smoking pot), and they tested me upon admission, which seems to be standard in hospitals around here. In AZ, back in 2005, then Gov. Napolitano signed legislation mandating that health care workers who were aware of prenatal substance abuse be reported to CPS, marijuana included. So CPS came to my room, the social worker even said that the only reason it was reported is because in AZ it is a felony to smoke or possess MJ. My daughter, who was born 5 weeks early due to complications from the previa, is now a year old and developing just fine. As for CPS, they came to my house for a while, but found no reason to keep the case open, and it was closed. I even “avoided” drug testing most times, but gave them one clean test to get out of it. Come to find out, the CPS training manual is online and covers this scenario. They can’t make you test, and refusal to test is not grounds for removal of the children. I highly suggest anyone in AZ facing this situation read the manual online and familiarize themselves with what CPS can and can not do. Essentially, as long as the rest of your situation is good, they can’t remove the child from the house. And prior to the extreme budget cuts to CPS, they used to provide many great services for families which were very helpful for my family and myself. I have nothing bad to say about CPS, other than their involvement was BS to begin with. Just be honest with your caseworker, show that you are a good parent, take advantage of their resources if offered, and everything should be fine.

    The laws will change soon enough. Reading through the news this week, it seems every major news org. has published something pro-pot, even The Christian Science Monitor! And in those articles, those that allowed comments showed overwhelming support for a change in the laws across the country.

  132. heather

    im 6 months pregant and i smoked weed for 3 days a week ago. do you think it will be in the babys system or poo when she is born if i am drug tested. i highly dout that it will be in my system but i keep thinking its going to be in the babys. i had heard that a girl quit smoking when she was 5 months but when the baby was born the baby was positive.

    email me at heatheranderson58@yahoo.com

  133. heather

    hey im in the same boat you are e mail me when you get and answer.

    heatheranderson58@yahoo.com

  134. lauren

    answer: no. takes about 45 days give or take depending on how habitual you are.
    BUT
    you should really quit. i was reported to my state when i was urine tested (unkowingly) for drugs, after the fact i had quit and was still dirty. now there is the slight chance my child will be taken IF she comes out dirty. from my research most women who quit early or midway through who were in the same the same boat (boat being: smoked pot to help with sickness and appetite) quit smoking and gave birth clean got to keep their babies. BUT be aware that though there are no proven side effects of marijuana to a fetus, it has been proven to cause premature labor and its not unheard of to have a baby before 9 months. the last thing you want is to go into labor when your one week shy of being clean but its three months before your due date and then lose your baby. I STILL worry about this even though im most likely clean.

    Your best bet is to quit for your babys sake, every baby needs their mom, not a social worker.

  135. jess

    If i smoke marijuana at 5 Months, will it show when its born 4 months later?

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  137. Jessica

    I am 6months or 25 weeks pregnant with a girl. I am still continuing to smoke marijuana during my pregnancy. Everything is perfect and her size is perfect, heart and organs are perfect too. Everyone thinks that Im a bad person for doing this but marijuana helps me in every way. Ive been smoking since age 16.in california. I plan to stop soon because i dont want my baby to come out with THC in her system. Which will keep Social workers far away from me. ~jessie

  138. Brian Kerr

    Don’t smoke weed when pregnant or your kid may come out tie died.

    I wonder if you can sue the hospital for invading your civil rights by testing your blood for things against you knowledge.

  139. Lauren

    I am five months pregnant right now with my first pregnancy. I have horrible motion and morning sickness and had been smoking pot from month 2 to 5. My doctor ordered a urinalysis for drugs and didnt tell me so when I went to the hospital to get my labs done, I didnt know there was a drug screen. At the follow up appt, my doctor told me I had been reported to the state of PA and may lose my baby. Now, does this mean I will lose her if I come up dirty when she is born? Will I be randomly tested throughout the rest of my pregnancy? I have since quit smoking pot and have to deal with the sickness without any perscription from the doctor, but if it means keeping my daughter then I’m game. But, CAN the state take her if I’m clean at the time of birth?

  140. Laurie

    Jani, I know in the state of Florida when you go to the hospital to deliver your baby you will be tested via the urine sample and if you are positive then they check the baby when it is born. Only if the baby is positive do they contact dcf and the only reason the father would be tested is if DCF requires it later, the hospital won’t make him.
    His best bet is to have some clean pee in a bottle just incase. As for you, if you know another pregnant woman, get some of her urine as well!

  141. Jani

    so the general concensus is that as long as you and baby are clean then there are no complications? cause i like so many others smoked for the first three months of my pregnancy. i went in for hyperemisis basically i was dehydrated and couldnt keep even water down. well they tested me positive and i found out there was an open case on my husband and i and i have quit and been clean so i know that she (our baby) will be clean as well. I just really need to know if they’ll be testing my husband. we live in az no tolerancy capitol in the u.s. and i keep hearing a bunch of different things so if anyone has had the experiance please!! help!

  142. Laurie

    I replied back in September when I was 8 months pregnant. Luckily for me my sister in law was pregnant at the time as well so I used her pee when I went in to be induced. It came up negative of course so they didn’t do any other drug testing. Even the next day when they sent me in for an emergency csection (which had nothing to do with weed. I think because I went two days in the hospital without it my blood pressure went up cause I was getting stressed out at those stupid nurses. Because my bp went up some, they went ahead and did a csection). and now I have a beautiful 4 month old daughter who is perfectly normal and already a smart baby.

  143. mel

    im pregnant and today i have to go for a drug screen. i live in florida and was told that if you have any drugs in your system (thc included) the hospital or doctor is required to call DCF or DCFS, they’ll continue to drug test regularly throughout your pregnancy, and if you fail anymore that they may take the baby. i was told you can be charged with child abuse and neglect. so despite the fact that smoking was the only way i could eat sometimes (morning sickness so bad i didn’t eat for 3 days) i may be screwed. i just cut down to smoking only when i feel like shit, but im still worried it may not be enough. its bullshit though, people out here drinking and smoking meth while pregnant, but nothing happens to them because it doesn’t stay in their system long. i love our fucking government system.

  144. Paul

    Hello all. I’m posting to hopefully get a relieving reply. My wife has been smoking off and on throughout her pregnancy. I have been completely supportive, since I have seen how miserable she feels sometimes, and how much marijuana really helps. I’m the product of a pot smoking mom, and I have 2 siblings that have the same story. We all are absolutely fine and have never had any health or mental problems. In fact we have all been straight-A students. I’ve been reassuring my wife that it is completely ok, but she has been hearing a lot of stories about people’s baby getting taken away just because of a little harmless thc in the system. We live in va, which is far from being accepting of herb. I’m from ca, which is a little more lenient. So I now find myself a little worried about what’s going to happen after our beautiful son gets here, he’s our first! If anyone has any reassuring words for my wife and me or any information in general, please let me know.

  145. Sam

    I want to know if anyone knows what type of action social services will take if marijuana is found in your baby’s system? Also, how long does it take to clear your system of marijuana when you are pregnant? I smoked 6 months into my pregnancy, and I am very paranoid about what will happen to my baby. I have refrained from smoking the whole pregnancy, but lately I have been needing a pick me up and I couldn’t help it. If anyone has information on this, please let me know. thanks.

  146. jess

    does anybody know state law on the subject

  147. Brooke

    I hope this helps anyone who has great concerns on smoking while pregnant.I have a 2year old son with which I smoked the first 3months of my pregnancy with him not even knowing I was pregnant, when I found out I stopped due to the critisism of my family,I then endured hell while living with them,from their disfunctions. Surprise!,7’9, had him in 15 min the mid wife and nurse said it was the easiest birth they’d been apart of ,He was beautiful and clean. I am 7mon into my 2nd pregnancy with another boy,He’s moving all the time and very healthy. Iv’e Smoked off and on throughout my life,as well as my husband we’ve been really looked down upon and discriminated against for it, we recently have gotten our presciptions for medicinel cannibus,and still are critisized and judged.Ive let the doc know that I smoke and my tests have come out with Thc in them, The only midwife in the area would no longer see me because of it,I am now going through hell with the doctor I have now, he barely speaks to me and when he does i can’t understand him I have no other option,he’s the only one who accepts my insurance in the area,The last 2 times Ive been to him ,He has sent me in for glucose tests it supposedly was high so I did a 3 hour test ,My mom checked my sugar and it was only 76, so it could be them drug testing me again I have not found out yet.I got a call from Cps not long ago I told them my situation and that no they could not meet with me,They then showed up at my family’s home for me, when I told them that I don’t reside their.They told a family member to have me call as soon as possible,So very pissed I left a nice message for them to get back to me and Iv’e not heard from them since, I have no idea what they plan to do,I think they may have researched the situation and found their is nothing they can do to my husband and I, Or they may try some shit after I have my baby ,if so their will be a law suit, I called that midwife to see if she reported something and I called my current doctor They insisted they do not do that,so it’s still a mystery. No one has a right to tell a mother who Knows her body better than anyone, How to take care of her pregnancy or what to do during it,And honestly in the begining of this pregnancy I was having a few complications, but once i began smoking regularaly I have not had anything wrong with me. So i would recommend anyone who smokes to get their cards especially those with children to protect them and you. Try to get involved to do what you can about legalizing marijuana, It is for health reasons and it’s not fair for our children or us to be ridiculed.Good luck and congrats to all the beautiful,healthy pregnant mama’s to be continue to do what is right for you and your baby. Mama knows best! I am keeping everyone in my prayers God will bless you with beautiful,healthy babies,he’s no dummy we are all his children and we can’t even begin to know the unconditional love he has for us and the children he blesses us with, that is the reason he gave his only perfect son to die for us,He is the only one who can judge us! Here are some pointers for cards medi-cal covers 40% of the cost for low income families and other insurance covers as well, depending on where you live. Medicann 1(866)632-6627 or http://www.medicannusa.com ,Visit a regular or your regular doc for your documentation on aches, pains,stress of any kind,past abuse that has caused you physical, emotional,verbal,mental pain ect.. any documentation is fine.

  148. susie

    i was smoked marijuana during my pregnancy off and on but i have comepletely stopped, but in my last doctors visit they told me that social service mite contact me because my first drug test come out possitive am scared that they mite take my baby away. has anyone that lives in california have had this problem?
    please help me with some advise and so scared i cant even sleep at nite
    i know that i shouldnt of smoked but i was always ill and couldnt keep any food in my system

  149. erka

    im erika and ive been smoking weed since i found out i was having a boy at 5 months. i stoped today knowing i only have a month till he wll be born. im very scared cps will take him away once he is born but also that ive smoked. i know weed doesnt do much to the baby if anything it helps development. i hope that i wont be early and i will be due around my due date which is jan 21 09. i hope nothing back fired because i dont think i could handle cps taking mason away from me. i think i might have to die if that happen. i drink plenty of water to clean my system out. they say once mine is clean the babies is clean. i hope all facts are true.

  150. Dee

    First i would like to reply to Chris’ statement. I hope someone informed your friend that it is impossible to determine a baby’s lung developement before birth without extracting a sample of the amniotic fluid. This is done with a needle through the stomach.

    In general, I would like to add that the majority of medical staff are complete idiots. I was told I have gestational diabetes because I had high blood glucose after being forced to drink 3 cups of straight sugar. The nurses spent almost 2 hours telling me how my baby was going to be fat and unhealthy unless I took insulin injections. I cried the entire appointment. The nurses and diabetes center became very angry with me when I refused treatment until I could speak with MY doctor directly. When I finally was able to speak to MY physician, she stated that I was only borderline diabetic and did NOT need insulin, just a close watch of my diet and exercise. The use of insulin, when I did not need it, could cause irreversable damage to my unborn child’s pancreas. Nothing to do with marijuana, but just proof that medical professionals can blow things out of proportion, especially when they don’t know what theyre talking about. Anything to try to make a buck off a patient, also especially when the patient has state issued insurance, theyll try to get anything and everything they can!

    Anyways, question. I have smoked marijuana off and on throughout my pregnancy to help with nausea and back pain. I was tested at the beginning of my pregnancy, and of course, I failed. I told the nurse I would fail because I had only known I was preggo for a week. But now I’m wondering if they are going to test my baby when it is born because of the previous test. Or is it just standard to tox-screen newborns? I live in Minnesota and was wondering what the repercussions of a positive marijuana test would be. Or if anyone knows where I can find this information? I am due in 2 weeks, and am pretty sure my baby will come back positive for thc.

  151. Kara

    I too am appalled at the way the government treats women and families who smoke pot during pregnancy. I recently gave birth to a beautiful, HEALTHY 7 pound baby girl after smoking regularly throughout the pregnancy. The hospital tested the baby’s first bowel movements and of course it came back positive for thc. A week later i had two social workers and a cop show up to my house and demand a hair follicle and urine sample from me and my husband and treated me like i was a horrible mother. they also enrolled me in a “keep kids at home” program that is designed for families in crisis. I do not need this program and i do not need srs up my ass. My family is supportive and proud of our baby girl and we have everything we need. It doesn’t help that i live in kansas, the heart of the bible belt, but i don’t need anyone pushing their twisted values on me. My heart goes out to other mothers in this situation. It is absolutely ridiculous.

  152. Stephanie

    My name is Stephanie and i live in Calgary Alberta Canada i am not a pot smoker my self but many people in my family are. I have had many friends who have smoked pot while pregnant and there babys are more than fine one friend her doctor told her to smoke pot to help her keep her food down due to morning sickness the pot helped and possibly saved her baby the only time she was able to eat through her whole pregnancy was when she smoked a joint, like i said i am not a pot smoker but i am a smoker and both my babys are more than fine….. all i can say is you can only do what you think is right for you and your baby.

  153. Chris

    My friend just gave birth to a baby girl this past Sunday. She had been smoking weed continuosly throughout her high-risk pregnancy (low carrying pregnancy) up until @ 5 weeks ago when she was hospitalized for dehydration after (another) fight with her boyfriend. Her blood tests came back positive for THC in her system. She then told me should would stop smoking weed after that incident. About 2 weeks ago, a new medical center she visited told her the baby could be stillborn due to extremely low weight and poor lung development. You can imagine what kind of emotional tailspin she went into after that. Later that same day, she was told everything could be okay but the baby was very small for being so near to term (the original birth date was for mid October). She went into labor this past Saturday night and had a c-section Sunday morning, giving birth to healthy (thankfully) baby girl weighing 5 pounds 4 ounces which was cutting it extremely close to a dangerously low birth weight. You all can draw your own conclusions from this information but I personally don’t recommend smoking today’s extremely potent marijuana while pregnant and if I had been the father, I would have done everything in my power to put an end to her smoking early on.

  154. Laurie

    I smoked for the first four months of my first pregnancy. That was three years ago. With this pregnancy, I’ve smoked throughout the entire thing. I have 4 weeks left and was recently hospitalized for dehydration. The nurse told me I had thc in my system and warned me that they may call dcf on me when the baby is born if it comes up positive in the baby. I’m freaking out. I went two days without smoking and just slipped today because I was feeling ill again. Now I’m completely paranoid that the state is going to take my child away. It’s not something you can really discuss with people because unless they are in the same situations, or have the same beliefs, they just dont understand.
    I would also like to add that my 3 year old is also advanced as stated by the lady before me. He has no health or mental problems. And every single prenatal test I’ve had during this one has came back perfectly normal. And the ultrasounds and heartbeat has all been perfect. I just don’t understand why they would call dcf or try to prosecute someone if the child is not harmed in any way. If I was smoking crack, doing pills, or flat not taking care of myself, I could understand it. I have no missed an ob appointment, I eat and drink as expected by a pregnant woman. I just continued to smoke marijuana because I’ve been so ill here lately, it’s the only thing that gives me an appetite to want to eat. I agree, the government and social services should stick to going after true neglectful parents.

  155. Christa

    i smoke marijuana extensively throughout both of my pregnancies. my children are now two and three. my three year old is in head start and is extremely gifted and mature for his age. my two year old can hold a conversation for fifteen minutes, knows his colors, shapes, alphabet, and numbers. both of my boys were one day overdue. both were about 7lbs. i did not suffer from morning sickness, because i treated it through marijuana usage, and my births were extremely short and almost pain free. no artificial drugs were used and we stayed in the hospital for approximately 12 hours each. my children were not victims, they were lucky to have been born so healthy and gifted. i am a proud american, and i believe in that silly thing called “the pursuit of happiness”. keep the government out of womens wombs, and out of my garden!!

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