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16 weeks pregnant, smoked weed, feeling strange, faster heartbeat. Could it harm the baby ?

Hi, I m 16 weeks pregnant and I smoked weed last night and had a strange reaction. I couldn t focus and I felt like I wasn t really there. I noticed my heart was beating extremely fast and I felt my pulse through ought my body. What scared me was if my heartbeat was beating that fast could it make the babys heartbeat go that fast aswell and it could harm the baby . ?
Asked On : Thu, 25 Oct 2012
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hello Madam,

You have told that you are 16 weeks pregnant and you smoked weed last night.

First you need to know that fetal (baby) blood circulation and maternal (mother) blood circulation are interconnected by placenta. The placentas contains numerous blood vessels. The baby derives its nutrition from the mother through this placenta. Not only nutrition, but other substances present in the mother's blood may cross the placenta and enter the baby's circulation and can cause adverse effects.

You had this strange reaction and fast beating heart after you have smoked the weed. It's because the products of the smoking had got absorbed into your blood and caused these effects. So the same products can also cross the placenta and can cause similar effects on the baby.

Also because of smoking the blood vessels in the placenta may constrict and cause decreased blood supply to the fetus (baby) and this can result in intra uterine growth retardation of the fetus.

My advice is to stop smoking during pregnancy and you need to consult your gynecologist to know the status of the fetus. She can get an Ultrasound scan to know the fetal status.

Good luck to you.
Answered: Thu, 25 Oct 2012
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OBGYN Dr. Jyoti Aggarwal's  Response
Hi Madam,
Smoking weed has produced this effect on your body as it got absorbed in your blood and affected your circulatory system.
The same blood nutients are being passed on to your baby through Placenta, an organ through which the mother and baby,s blood circulation are interconnected.
Hence it is possible that the baby might have an adverse effect.
You should refrain from smoking and drugs and should consult your Gynaec for any medication that you consume.
An ultrasound may help to check the fetal Health.
Answered: Fri, 26 Oct 2012
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