Weekend Column: Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

Studies have shown that marijuana use during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight, stillbirth, premature birth….

Harmful Effects of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding ,
by Jennifer Hohman, MD, Bluffton Hospital

Dr. Jennifer Hohman, MD

It is common knowledge that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can be harmful for an unborn baby. Unfortunately, many people do not realize how dangerous marijuana use can be to a pregnant mother and her baby as well. Although marijuana is now legal in many states, it does not mean it is safe to use during pregnancy.

The most common reasons pregnant women use marijuana are to treat morning sickness, lessen aches and pains and help with sleep disturbances. However, the risks to the baby and pregnant mother far outweigh the benefits. There are many safe and effective treatment options for these concerns during pregnancy.

Studies have shown that marijuana use during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight, stillbirth, premature birth and the need for admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (ICU). This is true if the marijuana is smoked, eaten in the form of edibles, vaped or applied to the skin in the form of lotions.

There are more than 400 active chemicals in cannabis, many of which cross the placenta to the baby. The fetal brain is growing and developing during pregnancy, and these chemicals can affect the brain in adverse ways. This can lead to learning problems, difficulty focusing and behavioral problems such as increased aggression, beginning in young childhood. One study found that children who were exposed to marijuana in utero performed significantly worse in school and were more than twice as likely to display delinquent behaviors by the age of 14.  These teens also had an increased risk of mental health disorders such as depression and substance abuse.

The chemicals from cannabis can also pass into the breastmilk. These chemicals are stored in fat and are slowly released, so the baby can still be exposed even after the mother stops using marijuana. The evidence of the risks associated with marijuana use during breastfeeding are not as strong. However, the infant brain continues to develop through the age of 3, so there is certainly a risk of adverse consequences. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against the use of marijuana by breastfeeding mothers due to possible effect on the infant’s neurobehavioral development.

There are also risks to the pregnant mother resulting from the use of marijuana. It can cause decreased blood pressure and increased heart rate, leading to dizziness and falls. Marijuana use can also increase the risk of anemia, confusion and forgetfulness during pregnancy.

If you are using marijuana and pregnant or planning to become pregnant, please speak with your obstetrician or family practice physician.

St. Luke’s Worship News

Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer a message titled “Do You Love Me?” based on John 21:1-19, at the 10:15 a.m. worship service….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,
Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10:15 a.m.

Pastor Ralph Mineo will offer a message titled “Do You Love Me?” based on John 21:1-19, at the 10:15 a.m. worship service.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m. 

Please join us as we continue our celebration of the Easter Season.

Fire Call Report – March 2019

15 Fire Calls during March 2019.

North Baltimore Fire Chief Hunker Francisco submitted the following Call Report to Village Council for March 2018.

Calls for the month – 15; Total Calls for 2019 – 50

Response to:












Leather Rd


Fire with Bloomdale

Grant Rd


House Fire

Cygnet Rd



Insley Rd






Main St


Assist EMS



Vehicle fire

Freyman Rd


Barn Fire




Oil Center Rd


Field Fire



Gas Leak

Liberty Hi Rd


Vehicle Fire

BVC Baseball Stats & Standings-Week 5

McComb on top at 6 – 1; Three 3 loss teams chasing… The weather sucks!

Here are the week 5 BVC baseball stats.  No update from Vanlue or Arcadia. 

League Leaders

Team Stats Week 5

Arcadia 3-2 (0-1)

Arlington 8-7 (4-3)

Cory-Rawson 5-12 (1-8)

Hopewell-Loudon 14-5 (6-2)

Leipsic 11-8 (5-3)

Liberty-Benton 16-3 (6-2)

McComb 11-5 (6-1)

North Baltimore 10-4 (5-2)

Pandora-Gilboa 3-11 (2-5)

Riverdale 7-5 (3-3)

Van Buren 9-8 (4-3)

Vanlue 0-10 (0-7)