A pregnant mum suffering from the same extreme morning sickness as Kate Middleton claims she has cured her chronic vomiting by - smoking cannabis. Credit: SWNS
A pregnant mum suffering from the same extreme morning sickness as Kate Middleton claims she has eased her chronic vomiting - by smoking cannabis.
Sammy Warnes, 30, said her hyperemesis gravidarum was so bad when she was ten weeks pregnant with daughter Arabella, now three, she considered an abortion.
Strong medication from her doctor didn't work, so she turned to cannabis, having a puff or two on a joint until the symptoms disappeared at 25 weeks.
She turned to Cannabis
In the past, the mother tried prescription medication.
"One of them was making my body do random movements. That stuff panics me."
Now 15-weeks pregnant with her second child, Sammy said she has had no choice but to resort to smoking cannabis a few times a week to alleviate her symptoms.
"This time round has been ten times worse, I've had to give my job up because I just couldn't do anything.
"The same thing happened, this time the sickness was ten times worse and I was considering having a termination," she said.
I was considering having a termination."
The expectant mum spends $19 every three weeks and gets her supply from the internet.
"With just two puffs I'm able to be a parent to my daughter. I only do it a few times a week."
Former catering worker Sammy said she got the idea after she came across an online forum about severe morning sickness which included messages from other mums-to-be using the Class B drug. Credit: SWNS/ SWNS
"People will say 'Oh she just wants to be a druggie' but it's not that at all, I don't get high off it. It's a couple of puffs with a minimum bit of baccy.
"There needs to be a conversation about this so other women know there's something out there that can help them. Unless you've been through it you don't really get it."
Initially, doctors had prescribed her Domperidone - a drug is used to relieve nausea and vomiting - but she claims the symptoms only temporarily disappeared for 20 minutes.
After weeks of sleepless nights and chronic vomiting, she decided to Google any alternative ways to combat her illness.
"I decided to do my own bit of research. It was all getting too much. I wanted to see if there were any old-wives tales or 'old fashioned tips' that would help me out.
"Then I found quite a few forums on women using cannabis to stop their morning sickness... I was so desperate I thought I'd give it a go."
"Some days I have good days and don't need it. Other days I am throwing my guts up and need a couple of puffs." Credit: SWNS/ SWNS
"I was a bit nervous when I first did it but I was reassured by all the things I read on the forums.
"I think anyone would be at first. It was to medicate my body, not to get stoned. I'm not abusing it or trying to get blazed.
"Some days I have good days and don't need it. Other days I am throwing my guts up and need a couple of puffs.
Health guidelines say using cannabis regularly during pregnancy could affect a baby's brain development and smoke with tobacco increases the risk of the baby being born small or premature.
But Sammy claims her daughter, who arrived in June 2016, weighing a healthy 2.75kgs, is healthy both "mentally and physically."
Despite the taboo surrounding smoking cannabis, Sammy revealed she has both the support of her friends and family.
"I smoke it in my back garden in the mornings. My family are very anti-drugs and when I told them they initially kicked off. But when I told them the full story, they were like 'if it works for you that's fine'.
Father of the baby approves
And how does the father of her baby feel?
"My partner is really supportive. He noticed the difference straight away.
Someone she won't be as open about her experience with marijuana though is her midwife.
"I've never told a midwife because I know I'll get stick...Now I can shop, do the house cleaning and take my little girl to preschool," she said.
"When you can't do that and you have that extreme sickness it's just awful. The tablets have side effects of birth defects. That is known.
"My little girl is fit and healthy and is getting along fine at preschool."
She's not the only pregnant mum on cannabis
"There are thousands of women doing the same," she explains.
"But there isn't a conversation about it because they are scared their midwives will grass them up to social services."I want to speak out because there is something out there which can help other women.
"There's a chat about cannabis being used as medicine for chronic illnesses.
As many as eight in every ten women experiencing morning sickness as a side effect of pregnancy with symptoms improving or disappearing around 14 weeks.
But those who experience hyperemesis gravidarum can see symptoms last for half fo their pregnancy.
NHS guidelines advise those who experience severe symptoms to contact their midwife, doctor or hospital to seek treatment.
Sammy and partner Gav, 32, are expected to welcome their first child together in May 2020.
Originally published here: https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/pregnant-mum-suffering-same-sickness-as-kate-middleton-claims-smoking-cannabis-cured-her-c-579897