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Marijuana, Pregnancy, and Abortion

Perhaps you are someone who uses marijuana recreationally, or uses it to help with anxiety, sleep or other medicinal purposes. Whatever the reason, if you are pregnant you might have questions about marijuana and abortion or pregnancy.

Avenue Women’s Center is a women’s limited medical clinic located in the western suburbs of Chicago. We are the first step for women who are facing unplanned pregnancy. With free and confidential services such as medical-grade pregnancy tests, and pregnancy options consultations, our caring client advocates are there to assist women through the decision-making process. If you are concerned you might be pregnant, contact us right away. Call, chat, email, or text for an appointment at one of our five DuPage County locations—Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, West Chicago, and Wood Dale, Illinois.

Marijuana and Pregnancy
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a statement about marijuana use in pregnancy in 2015. They recommend that any woman who is pregnant should not consume marijuana. The ACOG recommendation acknowledges that it is hard to study the effects of marijuana use. People may not be honest about how much or how often they use it. Many women who use marijuana have other risk factors that make it hard to tell what effects are from marijuana use and what is caused by something different.

An article at What to Expect When You’re Expecting presents research in a clear, balanced way. According to this article, marijuana does not directly contribute to birth defects. However, the active chemical in marijuana may cross the placenta and affect the baby. Some studies have shown an impact on the cognitive function of children who were exposed to marijuana in the womb.

Women who used marijuana before finding out about their pregnancy sometimes feel pressured to terminate. In fact, many successful pregnancies do not begin with a perfect health history. If you are interested in learning more about your pregnancy situation, and you live in the Chicagoland area, please call Avenue Women’s Center.

Women who have been using marijuana and plan to continue their pregnancy should tell their doctor and discuss personal risks. If you use marijuana to handle nausea, pain, or anxiety and would find it hard to stop, please talk to your doctor about choosing a treatment that is safe during pregnancy.

Marijuana and Abortion
Procedures vary by clinic, but many abortion clinics will advise that you avoid using recreational drugs 24 hours prior to an abortion because the drugs may interact with medications used during the procedure. Doctors generally agree that marijuana may contribute to increased bleeding after the procedure. Therefore, doctors typically do not recommend smoking marijuana after the procedure, whether surgical abortion or the RU486 abortion pill.

It is common to be concerned about abortion risks. Your health is very important. Your doctor can best help you protect your health when she knows all the facts about your situation. Please be completely honest about your health information.

*** The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a qualified medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or dial 911. ***

Avenue Women’s Center is a limited free medical clinic that can provide information about early pregnancy. If you are in the Chicagoland area, and are considering your pregnancy options, please contact us today. We are here to listen and provide any confidential help that is within our scope of services. We care about your concerns.

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.