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My wife is due for a c section tomorrow and uses marijuana for therapeutic reasons, ie. Stress,anxiety, nausea and appetite. She is scared to smoke marijuana due to possible side effects during general anaesthesia. I think if it calms her nerves now it'

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: She's right; smoking

marijuana before surgery can cause lung hyperreactivity, low blood pressure, ^ed carboxyhemoglobin, decreased oxyhemoglobin, ^ed risk of strokes in her & the fetus & interactions with pre-op meds & anesthesia.
She needs to disclose her chronic antenatal anxiety & THC use to the anesthesiologist & the baby's pediatrician. Both can have long-term adverse effects on a baby's development & behavior.

In brief: She's right; smoking

marijuana before surgery can cause lung hyperreactivity, low blood pressure, ^ed carboxyhemoglobin, decreased oxyhemoglobin, ^ed risk of strokes in her & the fetus & interactions with pre-op meds & anesthesia.
She needs to disclose her chronic antenatal anxiety & THC use to the anesthesiologist & the baby's pediatrician. Both can have long-term adverse effects on a baby's development & behavior.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Infants passively smoke what parents smoke. Marijuana is stored in fatty tissue & passes through breast milk to baby. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the safest treatment for anxiety & prevention of postpartum depression in a nursing mom. Developmental surveillance using standardized screening tools determines need for assessment & treatment by an Early Intervention Program. Dad's support is key
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