More Pregnant Women Turning To Cannabis, Study Finds

28 December, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Lynne Higgins
  • Trends in Marijuana Use Among Pregnant Females in California, 2009-2016 | Lifestyle Behaviors | JAMA | The JAMA

The number of women who self-reported using marijuana during their pregnancy rose from 2.4 percent in 2009 to 3.9 percent in 2016, according to a new study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Younger mothers-to-be were more likely to smoke marijuana.

Still, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that obstetrician-gynecologists counsel women against using marijuana while trying to get pregnant, during pregnancy, and while they are breastfeeding.

While the letter does not discuss any potential problems from pot use during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises pregnant women to avoid it.

Additionally, "we were unable to distinguish prenatal use before versus after women realized they were pregnant", Young-Wolff wrote.

The legalization of marijuana may have contributed to the increase in use found by the study, KABC reported.

"Marijuana is detectable in urine approximately 30 days after last use and this varies with heaviness of use and marijuana potency", she said.

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An expert speculates that the rise might be partially explained by the increased availability of legal marijuana in recent years.

Pregnant women are turning more to cannabis for relief of nausea or anxiety, a new study finds.

Barbara Yankey, a researcher at Georgia State University, told Reuters marijuana use may be on the rise because of the recent legalization of its recreational use "has made people think of the drug as less risky, even during pregnancy".

While studies on pregnant women who use marijuana have been limited, the researchers state that prenatal use of marijuana may impair fetal growth and neurodevelopment. However, on a federal level, it is still illegal to possess, use, buy, sell, or cultivate marijuana.

But doctors in the U.S. warn that drinking any alcohol while pregnant could come with medical risks, such as the possibility of miscarriage, stillbirth, or physical and behavioral problems in the baby.

"I have found that women frequently fall into two groups during pregnancy".

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