Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Study says more pregnant women using marijuana

Study says more pregnant women using marijuana

From 2009 to 2016, marijuana use among moms-to-be jumped from 4.2% to 7.1%, the study said.

The increase was especially sharp among young women, rising from 12.5 percent to almost 22 percent for mothers to be under the age of 24, in the years between 2009 and 2016.

"Use among [pregnant] females younger than 18 to age 24 years increased the most", added the team led by Kelly Young-Wolff, a Kaiser researcher in Oakland.

Smoking marijuana was on the rise among pregnant women in California, a study showed.

The study, published Tuesday in the "Journal of the American Medical Association", observed a sample of pregnant women in California.

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.

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The study's authors said toxicology results show higher levels of marijuana than women disclosed in the survey, indicating women were under-reporting their marijuana use.

They also say that "there are insufficient data to evaluate the effects of marijuana use on infants during lactation and breastfeeding, and in the absence of such data, marijuana use is discouraged". Numerous chemicals in marijuana, like tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, could pass through a mother's system to her baby.

Media reports noted that the time span of the study coincides with increased marijuana legalization in California, and the US, and may be indicative of a continuing trend, as recreational legalization in California is scheduled to take effect on January 1. Timing may be important, too; marijuana use in the first month of a pregnancy may increase the likelihood of a very rare birth defect called anencephaly.

The bottom-line? Experts encourage women considering cannabis use during pregnancy to talk to their doctors, which is fair, considering the fact that we're our own best health advocates.

Among ladies who screened positive for cannabis utilize, 55 percent fizzled the lab tests however denied sedate use on the polls. But even so, more mothers are willing to run the risk, it seems. Anecdotally, Young-Wolff said, some women may take marijuana while they're pregnant to deal with morning sickness. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6% of USA pregnant adolescents reported past-month use.

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