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13 Dec 2005

Affects of Dagga on baby in utero
Hello - could you please indicate what are the affects on an unborn child if the mother is smoking dagga / marijuana on a daily basis? Can it cause a miscarraige or birth defects?
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GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

Smoking marijuana increases the levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in the blood, which reduces the oxygen supply to the baby. Smoking marijuana during pregnancy can increase the chance of miscarriage, low birth-weight, premature births, developmental delays, behavioral and learning problems. Studies have shown that children who were exposed to marijuana during pregnancy sometimes have problems focusing their attention and difficulty in problem-solving. Children of heavy pot users may have disturbances in their short-term memory, concentration, and judgment. (There's no evidence so far, however, that marijuana use during pregnancy causes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).


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