6 Correlations Between CBD And Pregnancy

When a woman gets pregnant, there are many processes that take place in her body, but also in her mind. In addition to the swelling of the belly, the organs that change place, it is important to look at the different correlations between CBD and pregnancy to know why this molecule is not recommended at this particular time

The use of CBD while pregnant is debated in the scientific community like the question of CBD on certain diseases.

But you should know that during pregnancy, many transformations take place in women's bodies, as well as in their minds. We will see together the different transformations in order to understand why CBD is not authorized for consumption by women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant.

What is pregnancy?

Pregnancy is none other than a natural process of development of a new individual inside the female genital organs. This process lasts 9 months, although this figure is specifically theoretical, since the reality is very different. If we don't talk about a nine-month pregnancy, it happens that it only lasts six months, or a little more than nine months.

What happens in the body and mind during pregnancy?

Many physical and psychological changes take place in women during pregnancy. It is important to know them well, and above all, to understand them well in order to avoid all the risks associated with CBD.


Hormones are essential to the correlation of our body and mind. Although they are used in many situations, few people really know where they come from.

You should know that a hormone is nothing other than a chemical substance produced from cells which exert a certain action on an organ. Thus, it will act like a messenger who will travel through the body in order to deliver more or less important messages.

Hormones control different functions located in our body and in our brain:

  • Growth;
  • Reproduction;
  • Sexual function;
  • Sleep;
  • Hunger;
  • Mood;
  • Metabolism.

All of these functions that seem natural to us, given that we experience them on a daily basis, are actually controlled by hormones located in our body. The most popular of these might be the sleep hormone called melatonin.

Regarding pregnancy, hormones change and we will see how. The pregnancy hormone is secreted when a woman becomes pregnant, and two weeks after the start of pregnancy, this hormone reaches its maximum level before beginning its descent. Then, the placenta takes over by secreting two hormones:

  • Progesterone helps the implantation of the embryo and will help the mammary glands to develop;
  • Estrogen will allow the uterus to develop and it will also play an important role in the development of the mammary glands.

These two hormones are very important, because their balance allows the proper development of the pregnancy and provides all the necessary solutions for the embryo and the woman.

The chest

The breast will in turn begin to develop in order to provide the milk necessary for the infant at birth. Becoming more and more oppressive, the breasts continue to grow and the pigmentation in certain areas changes.

It is also possible to see a yellowish liquid flowing from the nipples during the first trimester, but rest assured, this liquid is not abnormal since it is colostrum. It is therefore a completely natural event!

The back

During pregnancy, the woman will gain belly, which is normal because the baby is located there, but the organs will also change greatly and thus move back, or move in other directions. Rest assured, they do not move to the point of heading into your chest or any other part of the body. They stay in the same area, while allowing room for the placenta to develop.

This therefore means that the weight will increase at the stomach level and this will have the effect of “pulling” on the back and pelvis. Thus, it is possible that the weight at the level of the abdomen tilts the pelvis forward and accentuates the posture of the individual.

Many pregnant women also have a lot of pain in this area, such as bone discomfort and muscle pain.

Cardiopulmonary devices

The lungs and heart also change during pregnancy. First of all, you should know that blood volume changes greatly, from 2600 ml to 3400 ml during pregnancy. This increase of around 50% is extremely significant and causes some effects on women's bodies. Blood pressure also decreasest, but very slightly because of the increase in the size of the blood vessels.

It is also recommended to lie on the left side when a woman is pregnant, as compression of the uterus can cause hypotension, which can cause discomfort and dizziness.

Concerning the respiratory system, pregnant women may also have hyperventilation, which causes an acceleration of the breathing rate and an increase in the volume of air breathed and inspired.

But the consumption of CBD flowers or CBD oil is it possible during pregnancy for the mother and her child? You should know that opinions are very divergent and everyone will have their own opinion, but it is important to understand the different possible interactions.

CBD: Dangers for the fetus and the mother-to-be?

You should know that studies on CBD are still in progress and therefore, the decline is still too low since this molecule has only been studied for a few years. Therefore, caution must be exercised regarding the different situations of use and the pathological history.

Regarding pregnancy, some scientists believe that CBD should not be consumed, while others believe that the risk is very low and will not harm the mother's health and infant. However, as the long-term experience and the various results observed are low, it is recommended not to rush to your CBD when you experience the slightest pain or other when you are pregnant. On the contrary, it is better to abstain to preserve your future baby.

If you decide to consume it, the long-term effects are poorly documented and the risk of developing a dangerous scenario is still present. It is therefore recommended to rely on the various existing scientific studies, such as this scientific study carried out on mice and which shows the effects of CBD during the gestational period. CBD passes into the blood and accumulates in the brain of the fetus while it is not yet mature. Just like the consumption of alcohol, that of CBD is therefore strongly discouraged to avoid the risk of congenital malformations (although no study on a human population has yet clearly established the link between the two).

THC contained in CBD would be toxic

Other studies document the effects of THC consumption on expectant mothers. For example, the report from the US Surgeon General (public health administrator in the USA) indicates risks of premature birth, malformations or delayed birth development. An increase in infant mortality has also been noted. Of course, CBD and THC are two different molecules, but in the absence of conclusive studies on the human population for the moment, the precautionary principle must absolutely apply.

In CBD, there are different molecules, such as terpenes which are present by the thousands, but also THC, otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol. This molecule is extremely well known for being the molecule responsible for the "high" effect observed in recreational cannabis users.

This molecule, although present in small quantities in CBD, would prove to be a danger for the embryo since it can cross the placenta and thus cause damage to the development of the embryo.

CBD and breastfeeding: CBD is not present in breast milk

Although we advise you not to consume CBD during your pregnancy due to the lack of knowledge on this subject, a study showed that CBD was not present in breast milk when the new -born feeds.

Unlike THC which is present at 63% in breast milk during the study, CBD is not present, which makes it possible to avoid the various harmful effects that can cause CBD on the newborn, such as nausea or severe fatigue. On this subject, studies are also lacking and it is difficult to say whether the newborn risks anything when the mother consumes CBD.

Once again, we advise you to apply the precautionary principle.

On the other hand, a study by La Leche League (association specialized in breastfeeding) shows the dangers of THC which passes into breast milk and has an impact on the infant's brain.

CBD to smoke, to be prohibited during pregnancy!

Everyone knows the risks associated with consuming tobacco when a woman is pregnant, but CBD represents a danger via this mode of consumption. Indeed, tobacco causes different pathologies in the newborn:

  • Premature birth;
  • Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome;
  • Increase in malformation of the bronchi and lungs;
  • Asthma;
  • Allergies.

These risks are not directly linked to CBD, but very often, it is smoked, like the famous "cannabis joint". This mode of consumption will therefore have the effect of aggravating the risks associated with tobacco consumption.

Passive smoking is also responsible for these risk factors since the pregnant person will not necessarily be able to avoid the smoke released from the combustion of the products, which will have the effect of lodging in the lungs.

For a safe pregnancy, it is important to respect the following precautions: 0 alcohol, 0 tobacco, 0 cannabis.

CBD and the mother-to-be

During pregnancy,the mother can often experience nausea, stomach pain, but also back pain, which can be debilitating on a daily basis during the last months.

CBD has been known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effectsfor years, notably thanks to scientific studies on patients with different diseases. The latter acts once again on the endocannabinoid system and in particular on the CB1 receptors, which are located in the brain and in the nervous system and on the CB2 receptors, which are located in the digestive system and in the immune system.

According to certain specialists, consuming CBD would then be beneficial for the mother during of pregnancy in order to avoid suffering from nausea and pain. But be careful, this can be harmful to the embryo. Therefore, ingestion of CBD during pregnancy should be avoided.

CBD and embryo development

Although the consumption of CBD should be avoided due to the lack of hindsight and scientific studies on its effects during pregnancy, some claim that it helps the development of the embryo.

This effect works thanks to the interaction that CBD has with the endocannabinoid system, which is naturally present in our body. Through scientific studies it has been shown that this system is present from the beginning of the creation of the embryo and plays an extremely important and major role in the development of the embryo.

Consuming CBD would therefore help to promote the good development of the embryo thanks to the CB1 and CB2 receptors by acting on the different physiological development processes of the nervous and cerebral system. But this remains entirely questionable. Despite the role played by the cannabinoid system during pregnancy, it is best to think about the risks of disrupting your baby's development and refrain from consuming CBD.

CBD cosmetic products for pregnant women

Whether to treat hormonal acne that appeared with pregnancy or to prevent stretch marks, CBD-based cosmetic treatments can have many benefits. benefits. A drop of oil as a local treatment hydrates the skin and prevents various inflammations.

But topical application of CBD is not dangerous for the fetus. So you can apply a drop of oil locally to the areas to be treated, before massaging until penetration.

Due to the lack of perspective, the use of CBD during pregnancy is not recommended (except for skin application). It is preferable not to take any risks in order not to harm the health of the mother and the baby. 'embryo. The birth of a child is the greatest gift that life can give, so it is important to do everything possible to make this gift even more beautiful, so this includes no risk-taking, such as alcohol, cannabis and the tobacco. In all cases, seek advice from your midwife or gynecologist.

General contraindications linked to the consumption of CBD

It is essential to take into account the contraindications associated with the consumption of CBD, not only for pregnant women, but also from a more global point of view. Caution is advised for everyone, although certain groups require special attention.

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women: Despite the potentially beneficial properties of CBD, it is possible that it poses risks to fetal development. As a precaution, pregnant or breastfeeding women are recommended to refrain from consuming CBD products.
  • Young people under 18: Even if French legislation does not explicitly establish a minimum age for CBD consumption, it is preferable to avoid it among minors. Studies on its effects in young people are still insufficient, and it is preferable to err on the side of caution.
  • People undergoing medical treatment: The possible interactions between CBD and certain medications remain poorly understood. If you are under regular medical treatment, especially for chronic conditions, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional before integrating CBD into your routine.

It is always wise to take precautions and properly inform yourself before adopting new habits, especially when it comes to active substances like CBD.

The benefits of CBD after pregnancy

After the pregnancy and breastfeeding period, CBD presents itself as a real asset for women. Here are some of the many benefits it offers:

  • Pain relief: CBD offers remarkable analgesic properties, effective against various pains, including those related to endometriosis or painful periods.
  • Mental calming: CBD is a valuable ally in reducing stress and anxiety, providing a feeling of serenity.
  • Quality sleep: If sleepless nights are weighing you down, CBD could be the solution for deep, restorative sleep.
  • Strengthening concentration: CBD helps to regain clarity of mind and improve concentration.
  • Stimulation of libido: CBD can also revitalize libido, adding a touch of spice to your dating life.

Don't hesitate to explore the benefits of CBD after your pregnancy. The benefits it offers are numerous, and it is highly recommended to help you regain well-being and balance.

Pelin YILDIZ, autrice psycho et voyage
Publié par : Pelin, autrice psychologie, santé et voyage
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