Ask the Nurse

In this blog we will cover common questions related to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Click on the "ask a question" section of our site to submit a question of your own.

In April 2017, Reuters Health reported on a large national survey that found that approximately 14% of pregnant adolescents are using marijuana -- twice as much as in non-pregnant teens. 

Unfortunately, the legalization of marijuana in some states may have had the effect of making it seem more mainstream, and therefore appear to be less harmful than it actually is.

This is concerning because:

  1. A young woman’s own brain is still in the development stage, and we know that smoking pot impacts the brain.
  2. Teen moms already have a higher risk of having smaller babies because they delay getting prenatal care.
  3. They are more likely to smoke cigarettes during pregnancy. 
  4. Some pregnant adolescents may smoke pot to help decrease symptoms of nausea, but most have been smoking pot before pregnancy.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) the use of marijuana during pregnancy increases the risk of neurodevelopment problems in children such as:

  • Visual-motor coordination
  • Visual analysis
  • Visual problem solving
  • Behavioral problems

At the PRC of Metro Richmond, our goal is to offer all women good information. We encourage her to ask a question, help her get the answer to "What are my pregnancy options?" as well as give referrals to help them have the healthiest outcome possible for themselves and their babies. Make an appointment today to talk with our knowledgeable and friendly staff about your next steps.

WebMD refers to folic acid as a “pregnancy superhero!”

Folic Acid, also known as folate, is one of the B vitamins. It has an essential role in preventing neural tube (brain and spine) defects that can occur very early in fetal development. It’s hard to get all the folic acid you need (400 micrograms) each day, so taking a vitamin that has folic acid is best during the childbearing years.

Pregnant women and those planning to get pregnant should take prenatal vitamins every day.

Even if you don’t plan to get pregnant anytime soon, it’s just a healthy habit to start taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid.

Folic acid is also necessary for the production of red blood cells and protein. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) recommends that all adults take 400 mcg of folic acid every day.

In our stressful and often busy world it can be challenging to eat a balanced diet so a multivitamin can help you get the minerals and vitamins you need.

Consistently following a balanced diet every day including eating cereals fortified with folic acid is a wonderful, although a bit time consuming way to stay healthy. In addition, there are several gummy vitamins available that are great alternatives to taking a pill.

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