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According to the Daily Beast, Trinity Dogood suffered from excessive vomiting even before she knew she was pregnant. A visit to the ER
confirmed that she was expecting and she was told to take more vitamin D and
spend more time outside to curb her morning sickness.
"I woke up every day around 4 or 5 a.m., like clockwork, just
puking," Dogood told The Daily Beast. She described vomiting more than 30 times
per day which left her exhausted and unable to care for her other children.
Dogood knew that what she was experiencing was more than just
morning sickness so she began to search for a remedy and tried all sorts of
recommendations found on the internet. When nothing offered relief, she considered
taking a prescribed drug but decided against it when she learned that it had
not been deemed safe for early pregnancy.
Continued research led her to discover Hyperemesis
Gravidarum (HG), a complication of pregnancy that she says mirrored her
own symptoms. Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a rare complication of pregnancy
that can lead to dehydration, weight loss, and electrolyte imbalances
due to severe vomiting. Although the condition occurs in only 1 to 3 percent of
expecting moms, the unlucky ones may choose to terminate their pregnancies
rather than endure this destructive complication.
Instead of terminating her pregnancy, Dogood decided to
explore one more option, medical marijuana.
Although 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical
purposes, doctors are hesitant to prescribe it to expectant mothers because it its consumption while pregnant is generally considered to be fetal abuse.
Eight weeks into her pregnancy, Dogood's boyfriend came home to
find her laying on the couch still retching into a bucket. Dogood followed him outside
where he offered her a marijuana joint. She
said she couldn't take a hit herself so he blew a cloud of the smoke in her
face. Within 30 seconds, she had stopped vomiting.
"I started to sob," Dogood told the Daily Beast. Next, she
recognized a sensation she hadn't felt in weeks—hunger. She ate a slice of
pizza...and then quickly wolfed down another. This was the most
she had eaten in 2 months.
At her next doctors visit she told her doctor about her marijuana
use and was told that she would be reported to child protective services as
soon as her child was born.
Worried that she would lose all of her children she decided to
stop using the marijuana just before her planned c-section. She delivered a
healthy baby girl.
Dogood was tested for marijuana and her tests came back
negative, but her daughter was found to have marijuana in her system which
prompted doctors to call child protective services.
CPS visited her family and took hair samples from everyone for
drug testing, promising to return to investigate further.
Dogood said that she does not regret her decision to use marijuana
during her pregnancy but she looks forward to having her family all to herself
again, away from the scrutiny of CPS.