How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Navitsky Your Own Question

Dr. Navitsky
Dr. Navitsky, Board Certified Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
Satisfied Customers: 1036
Experience:  US Pediatrician licensed in California living abroad.
60732142
Type Your Pediatrics Question Here...
Dr. Navitsky is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Im 35 weeks pregnant. I smoked pot up yo 30 weeks. I only

Resolved Question:

I'm 35 weeks pregnant. I smoked pot up yo 30 weeks. I only took 1-2 puffs a few times a week. I eat healthy and drink lots of water. It allowed me to keep food down, not to get stoned. Will it show in meconium?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Navitsky replied 2 years ago.

Jnavits12 :

Hi there I can talk with you.

Jnavits12 :

So I obviously would strongly recommend that you do not smoke anymore through delivery (and afterwards :)!)

Jnavits12 :

The meconium is only tested when there is suspicion for drug use/abuse and is not routinely done otherwise. Does you OB know about the MJ use?

Jnavits12 :

Stopping at 30 weeks will make sure it doesn't show if urine drug testing were done but the meconium can show mj from the end of the 2nd trimester on which is approximately when you stopped so I would call it a draw...maybe....If the amount you smoked was as little as you say then not likely as it is on the long side of the time spectrum and the low side of potency.

Jnavits12 :

Do you use any other substances at all or have you in the past? Any other kids? I'm just asking as when the baby comes out most people are hit over the head with the stress/not sleeping/lack of support when it really comes down to it!! Thus I would be careful about how you cope with it. Having parents who don't use is a much better start for a child and will ensure the best possible situation for your child! I'l happy to chat about this just type in a response. Thanks!

Jnavits12 :

Hi I see I am the 3d opinion on this one...just out of curiosity what state do you live in which does the automatic testing? As this is costly it is not routinely done in most areas.....I agree with Dr German....that honesty is always the best policy and although the chance is small that it may come back positive I always feel that the truth is less harmful than not telling it....but it is your call! I personally would not be able to sleep worrying about this and you are uncomfortable enough as it is. The meconium builds up and is not excreted until it is which is why a test can show positive....thus the first opinion really wasn't totally accurate...they test the poop that the baby puts out even if it wasn't excreted while inside you into the amniotic fluid. If you admit to the use they will test...(mainly for other things just in case and you will have to see social services before the baby is discharged home to you....but this is done quickly and if you will provide a safe environment for your little one really all they do is look into it a bit)...it doesn't mean an automatic removal of custody at all...unless for example you came in intoxicated and tested positive for a bunch of other things!

Dr. Navitsky, Board Certified Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
Satisfied Customers: 1036
Experience: US Pediatrician licensed in California living abroad.
Dr. Navitsky and other Pediatrics Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Dr. Navitsky replied 2 years ago.
I see you have accepted. Thanks I appreciate it! Feel free to respond on the same thread (at no additional charge that is) later on today or tomorrow or even in a few days as long as you can if you need to as I see that today has been a day of lots of worry on this subject!!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. Ironically, I'm currently going to school to do substance abuse counseling. I'm 38 yrs. old, my oldest is 21 and mt youngest is 14. I did some math and it was closer to 29 28 weeks when every couple days of smoking stopped. I was only to keep food and vits down. As soon as trim. 3 came i felt better so the need for mj stopped. If my dates are correct, can I assume that the likelyhood of a pos. meconium test should be neg? I understand that anything is possible.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

{Edit} I have never heard of meconium testing until now. When did this start? I am for it. I really think it's agreat idea,because substance abuse and pregnancy is no joke. What I did, with my other kids too, is frowned upon. However, I did extensive research on this matter. My other kids are great. Never any problems, behavioral or otherwise. I wasn't out to get "stoned".

Expert:  Dr. Navitsky replied 2 years ago.
I see your response on my phone. I'll be back to a stable internet connection in about an hour. Thanks
Dr. Navitsky, Board Certified Pediatrician
Category: Pediatrics
Satisfied Customers: 1036
Experience: US Pediatrician licensed in California living abroad.
Dr. Navitsky and other Pediatrics Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for taking the time to help me I know I'm starting to sound repetitve. I don't want s.s. and dyfs harrasing me when I give birth.
Expert:  Dr. Navitsky replied 2 years ago.
Hi there: my phone supposedly has internet access...but I often find it really unreliable! So to answer your question with the doses that you were taking and the amount of time that has passed you are really getting into an area where it is unlikely that the babies meconium will test positive for thc which is the metabolite they test for. I am assuming based on your second response that you may have used more during prior pregnancies? I'm glad that your kids didn't end up having issues but especially behavioral/learning issues are common depending on what substance is used. Many times people who go into substance abuse counseling for others have been there themselves as they tend to be quite effective in helping others thus I wish you the best in this. I am not here to judge at all!! and try to remain in most circumstances very objective. I totally understand your discomfort (more than you know being almost 32 weeks myself with #3) but for example would not ever consider using something like mj to alleviate my symptoms...I don't even use Tylenol but this is probably extreme. If someone has used in the past it is always a risk to fall back into old habits (especially when stressed!) so that is why I would be a bit worried about you. Social services and DCF really are not out to get you but to make sure your child is going home to a safe environment and will be cared for adequately. If you are going to provide such a place then you need not worry about them harrassing you as they have bigger fish to fry. I doubt the amount of mj that you were using has done any damage to your baby but as I said before I would rather as a pedi caring for your baby hear that you "told" about it but the testing was negative and social services cleared you for discharge rather than a "surprise" positive testing (although your chances are low!). But again this decision is yours to make. This site is totally anonymous by the way. Why don't you take a week or so and see how you feel....if it is really bothering you still then consider talking about it with someone at the OBs office that you trust.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Yogindra Vasavada

    Pediatrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2507
    M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr. Yogindra Va/2012-6-10_2618_DSC0039.64x64.JPG Dr. Yogindra Vasavada's Avatar

    Dr. Yogindra Vasavada

    Pediatrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2507
    M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/GA/GauravMD/2012-6-9_62959_gaurav.64x64.JPG Dr. Gupta's Avatar

    Dr. Gupta

    Pediatrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1442
    MD, practicing Pediatrician with 19 years of experience. Member American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/edkulich/2010-08-17_171809_doctor.jpg Dr. K.'s Avatar

    Dr. K.

    Board Certified Pediatrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    819
    Board Certified, Ivy League educated Pediatrician.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/cbellmd/2009-11-19_013247_CB_PHOTO_2.jpg Raymond B., M.D.'s Avatar

    Raymond B., M.D.

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    422
    I provide medical care for newborns, children, adolescents and young adults up to age 21 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DA/davhill1/2012-6-6_17340_DLHSittingCropped.64x64.jpg David L. Hill, MD, FAAP's Avatar

    David L. Hill, MD, FAAP

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    414
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UNC Medical School. Vice President, Cape Fear Pediatrics.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/josho33/2009-12-16_0435_php4n8fiy_c2PM.jpg Dr. Davidson's Avatar

    Dr. Davidson

    Board Certified Pediatrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    408
    Board Certified Specialist in Pediatrics, Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/fabiola.caracseghi/2012-4-12_204829_foto2.64x64.JPG Dr.Fabiola.MD's Avatar

    Dr.Fabiola.MD

    Pediatrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    118
    Pediatric Immunology. General Pediatrics
 
 
 

Related Pediatrics Questions

Chat Now With A Pediatrician
Dr. Navitsky
Dr. Navitsky
999 Satisfied Customers
US Pediatrician licensed in California living abroad.