Marijuana is a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug, produced by the Cannabis sativa plant. Marijuana has over 480 constituents. THC (delta- 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is believed to be the main ingredient that produces the psychoactive effect.
Marijuana smoke can inflame and irritate your lungs. If you use it regularly, you could have the same breathing problems as someone who smokes cigarettes. That could mean ongoing cough with colored mucus. Your lungs may more easily pick up infections.
Marijuana, sometimes referred to as weed, pot, grass,or ganja, comes from the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant is green and leafy, with trichomes (tiny hairs) that grow on the stems and leaves. The cannabis plant is similar to both the okra and the cassava plant.
Cannabis smells like “skunk” because of one of its terpene components — myrcene. Myrcene is in lots of other highly fragrant plants, such as bay leaf, mangoes, hops, and thyme. Different strains of marijuana can contain more or less myrcene.
Try not to worry if you've just smelled the odd whiff of weed here or there during your pregnancy. This tiny amount of exposure is very unlikely to have harmed your baby. But if your partner regularly smokes weed in your home, or you spend lots of time around people who are smoking it, now's the time to make a change.
Because children are small, they have a much greater risk of severe and potentially life-threatening effects from weed, including racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, seizures, delirium, difficulty breathing, and coma.
Anyone who eats an entire THC edible—especially a child—can experience overdose effects such as: Intoxication. Altered perception. Anxiety.
During pregnancy babies are fed through an organ called the placenta. If a mom uses marijuana in any form while pregnant, the THC in the drug—the ingredient that gives you the “high”—can be passed through the placenta to the developing fetus.
Using electronic cigarettes (vaping) during pregnancy isn't safe. Most electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) contain nicotine, which permanently damages a baby's developing brain and many other organs. E-cigarette liquids also contain chemicals, flavors and other additives that might not be safe for your baby.
Meconium is the traditional newborn drug testing specimen and usually passes within 48 hours of birth. Collection of meconium requires coordinated efforts, and the detection of drugs in meconium depends on many factors, including the quality and completeness of collection.
A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy. It happens in around 1 in every 200 births in England. If the baby dies before 24 completed weeks, it's known as a miscarriage or late foetal loss.
Most miscarriages happen in the first 12 weeks, known as early pregnancy. Many miscarriages in the first trimester are caused by chromosomal abnormalities (problems in development) in the baby but it is thought that around half have underlying causes.
Signs that a baby has died during pregnancy
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What to know about stillbirth. Stillbirth is the death of a baby before or during delivery. Warning signs may include bleeding or spotting. When the baby is in the womb, doctors use an ultrasound to determine if the heart is beating.
Of the unexpected apparent stillbirths successfully resuscitated, 52% died or survived severely disabled, 10% had an equivocal outcome, but 36% survived apparently intact. Therefore, vigorous resuscitation is clearly indicated in these circumstances.
Reducing the risk of stillbirth
The womb also demands a large volume of blood to support the fetus, which can cause occasional feelings of lightheadedness.
Do babies pee in the womb? While babies most often hold out on pooping until they're born, they are certainly active urinators in the womb. In fact, your baby's pee activity goes into overdrive between 13 and 16 weeks' gestation, when their kidneys are fully formed.
While it's true your baby can cry in the womb, it doesn't make a sound, and it's not something to worry about. The baby's practice cries include imitating the breathing pattern, facial expression, and mouth movements of a baby crying outside of the womb. You shouldn't worry that your baby is in pain.
The results confirm that yes, babies do indeed feel pain, and that they process it similarly to adults. Until as recently as the 1980s, researchers assumed newborns did not have fully developed pain receptors, and believed that any responses babies had to pokes or pricks were merely muscular reactions.