Using CBD could benefit you during your pregnancy. Its calming and analgesic properties could come in handy for women suffering from various pregnancy ailments. But the most important question remains if this remedy is safe for your unborn child. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been sufficiently researched.
In what way can CBD help during pregnancy?
When you’re pregnant, it means the beginning of a very special period. You’re carrying new life and this is not comparable to anything else. Yet not every pregnancy is a walk in the park. A pregnant woman can suffer from physical complaints like nausea, swollen and painful feet and sleeping troubles.
Add to that the fact that a woman can feel insecure and scared, about the pregnancy, child birth and raising a newborn. It’s clear that you could use some support during this period.
Some of the following symptoms you could treat with CBD:
During pregnancy, it’s possible for almost every part of your body to hurt. Your body needs to adjust to carrying a baby and this can cause discomfort and cramping. Regular painkillers, aside from paracetamol, often do more harm than good. CBD could be a good alternative, because it has anti inflammatory and analgesic properties.
More than half of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. Sometimes, it’s no more than a light feeling of nausea, that dissipates during the morning. But some women feel it all day long and also have to throw up. Research shows that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a roll in feeling nauseated and vomiting. CBD influences the ECS and could alleviate nausea.
One of the main reasons for pregnant women to try CBD, is because of sleeping problems. 80% Of pregnant women suffer from insomnia. CBD helps you calm down and restores the sleep-wake cycle. It’s a great remedy if you have trouble sleeping.
Anxiety and worrying
It’s not hard to imagine that being pregnant causes you to worry a lot. Carrying your baby is stressful enough, but giving birth and the time that comes after that are also reasons to worry. However, a pregnant woman also has to deal with a load of hormones, that cause her to feel more emotional than usual.
You could treat yourself to some extra peace and quiet with CBD. It’s an effective remedy to calm your thoughts and reduce tension in your body.
CBD and pregnancy, do they mix well?
Recently the WHO stated in a report that CBD is safe to use. However, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s safe to use during pregnancy. Unfortunately, more research into this subject is needed. For example, we don’t know how CBD could affect a developing fetus.
One of the things that has to be taken into account, is that CBD influences the endocannabinoid system (the ECS). This system regulates numerous important processes in the body and plays a crucial roll in the development of the fetus’ nervous system. It’s impossible to predict what could happen if you were to take CBD during pregnancy.
CBD influences your own ECS, which is important when you’re pregnant. But it could also have an effect on your baby’s endocannabinoid system, which is still in development at that very moment. The exact effect is unclear until now, but using it could lead to problems later on in life.
What research says
The only research that has been done, was on rats. Although they also have an endocannabinoid system, these results can’t simply be applied to a human pregnancy.
During a study in 2017 on rats, pregnant female rats were administered CBD. Their offspring turned out to be better protected against infections in the womb and, consequently, they were less at risk of behavioral- and memory problems.
Research from an older 2013 study, however, showed that CBD enhanced the permeability of the placenta. The placenta forms a barrier between the mothers blood and that of the baby. If the permeability is enhanced, it means it’s possible the placenta could let harmful substances through. This might pose a danger to the baby.
CBD is a natural remedy that, under normal circumstances, is safe to use. But we at SupMedi advise against using it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. We just don’t know enough about the possible effects CBD can have on your unborn child. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Of course, there are many other natural remedies you can use. If you would like to give CBD a try anyway, we recommend you consult with your physician.