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It may. Some studies have shown that using marijuana repeatedly is associated with significantly lower concentrations of reproductive hormones in both men and women.
Lower concentrations of the hormone testosterone may result in decreased sperm counts in men. And lower dehydroepiandrosterone may affect egg production in women.
In addition, THC (one of the active ingredients in pot) makes its way into the reproductive tract of women using marijuana and reduces sperm mobility, decreasing the chances of fertilization.
Perhaps the best reason to give up drugs now is that it's not safe to use pot during pregnancy.
Some studies suggest that using marijuana regularly during pregnancy puts your baby at higher risk for premature birth and low birth weight. And because smoking weed (or tobacco) increases carbon monoxide levels in the bloodstream, the baby gets less oxygen, which may affect his growth.
Other studies show that children exposed to marijuana in their mothers' wombs have different brain activity and more disturbed sleeping patterns as toddlers. They may also eventually suffer from depression or have behavior problems, such as impulsiveness and attention deficits. And some studies point to a link between prenatal marijuana exposure and lower school test scores.
Plus, it can be difficult to tell if the pot you're getting is pure. It may be contaminated with other drugs or herbicides that could put your baby-to-be at even greater risk. Even legal dispensaries are not closely regulated, although some claim that their products have been approved or certified.
If you use pot, I suggest waiting a month or so after your last hit before trying to conceive since it takes that long to get all traces of the drug out of your system.
If you're using marijuana for medicinal purposes, talk with your healthcare provider about your plans to become pregnant. She may be able to suggest a safer alternative.