CBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of over a hundred compounds found in the cannabis Sativa L plant, also known as the hemp plant. CBD gets a lot of attention because it’s non-addictive and won’t get you “high” like THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is another compound found in the cannabis plant.
Within the human body, there is what’s called the Endocannabinoid System. This system contains many receptors in the brain, central nervous system, immune tissues, and peripheral organs. A study at the NIH found CBD binds to these receptors, resulting in several health benefits.
How Can CBD Help During Pregnancy?
CBD may help relieve the symptoms of pregnancy, such as nausea, pain, muscle spasms, and sore feet. It is also an excellent alternative if you cannot take other types of medication or are uncomfortable with the side effects of different drugs.
Is taking CBD Orally Safe For Pregnancy?
Taking CBD is a topic of discussion because so many women suffer from morning sickness and other body changes during pregnancy. When taking CBD orally, such as a tincture, capsule, or gummy, we feel there is a lack of research and recommend avoiding taking any CBD products internally due to potential risks involved. For this reason, it is imperative to have this discussion with your pregnancy care provider so you can make informed decisions healthiest for your body.
Is Using Topical CBD Products Safe For Pregnancy?
The first thing to remember is to consult with your health care professional before using any CBD product, including topicals. Generally, we recommend using THC-free products, such as Nature’s Gem CBD products.
Some tips when looking at topical CBD products is to review all ingredients. Reputable companies will have third-party lab tests indicating the amount of CBD in the product and note other cannabinoids, such as THC, CBG, and CBN.
Because of the hormonal changes that occur in the body during pregnancy, what you may not have been sensitive to before pregnancy may change during it. For example, your sense of smell may become heightened or sensitive. Your skin or complexion may break out or clear up. If you find your body not acceptable to a CBD topical product, discontinue use until after delivery. Your body will change again after pregnancy, and you may not have a problem with the topical post-delivery. CBD products are expensive, so rather than toss a product, put it on a shelf and see how your body is later.
How To Use Topical CBD For Pregnancy
Studies show CBD can help relieve pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, pain, inflammation, itchy skin, rosacea, migraines, and muscle spasms or cramps and hemorrhoids.
When picking a CBD topical product to use during pregnancy, consider finding a product with essential oils blended in it. Essential oils have many excellent, benefits that when added to CBD, can be more effective.
Two top products pregnant women use most are from Nature’s Gem CBD. One is their calming balm, and the other is their soothing lotion. Both contain essential oils; however, one is a balm while the other is a lotion. The balm is blended with lavender, arnica, and other essential oils, while the lotion contains chamomile, aloe, shea butter, and other oils.
When applying a topical, it’s best to apply to clean skin and rub onto the area for 3-5 minutes for best absorption and results. For example, using a CBD topical for morning sickness, we suggest rubbing the topical on the stomach and around the digestive tract. Do this for 3-5 minutes in a gentle circular motion to increase circulation in the body, which helps absorb the topical.
Sometimes after delivery, women experience hemorrhoids. Could anything be worse after delivery? If you can’t get to the pharmacy for an over-the-counter treatment, you may want to consider applying a topical. We had a customer share with us they used a CBD topical on their hemorrhoids. When they shared their experience, it made sense why it helped. The anti-inflammatory properties of the essential oils and CBD reduce swelling. If you try a topical on hemorrhoids, we suggest you clean the area with water, pat it dry, then gently apply a small amount using a cue tip or your fingers.
What Are The Risks Of Using CBD During Pregnancy?
Now that we have spoken about CBD and how it may help, some risks come with using any CBD product during pregnancy.
It’s unknown if CBD may pass into a pregnant woman’s body and her fetus, so it’s unknown how CBD affects developing fetuses. The placenta acts as an organ to protect the baby from substances that cross over from mother to child. There is not enough research to determine the effect of CBD on the placenta. Furthermore, if taking CBD orally, it is unclear whether or not CBD could potentially affect breast milk for nursing mothers.
For this reason, our advice to pregnant women is to consult with their health professionals and avoid CBD products orally. There simply isn’t enough research on CBD’s safety and how it affects pregnant women.
Being pregnant is an exciting moment. There are tons of resources for women to draw upon these days to answer questions and concerns. These can be Facebook groups, chat rooms, articles, blogs, and research, all readily available online.
However, it is the internet and why we encourage consulting with your health care professional. They will know you and your body best.
Their job is to help provide information during your pregnancy to make decisions that are best for you.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nature’s Gem CBD. Their knowledgeable team is happy to help out.
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