Why More Moms-to-Be Are Turning to Pot During Pregnancy

Why More Moms-to-Be Are Turning to Pot During Pregnancy

Scientists have confirmed that there is still not enough conclusive evidence that cannabis does affect developing human fetuses, even though there are some evidence from animal trials. From 2002 to 2014, the prevalence of self-reported, past-month marijuana use among United States adult pregnant women increased from 2.4% to 3.9%. The study revealed that marijuana use among pregnant women increased from 4.2 percent in 2009 to 7.1 percent in 2016.

It was also discovered that pot-use among girls under 18 in the coastal state increased as well, climbing from 9.8 percent to 19 percent. The percentage of those women using marijuana jumped from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent.

In women ages 25 to 34 years old pot use rose from about 3 percent to about 5 percent.

The researchers noted that it's possible that some of the women used pot before they realized they were pregnant.

The study tested more than 30,000 women during each year of the eight-year study, using questionnaires and analyzing urine toxicology tests.

Pregnant women or women contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in favor of an alternative therapy for which there are better pregnancy-specific safety data.

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California was the first state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana way back in 1996, but today it is legal in 29 states, and Washington, DC. The same 2012 study found a number of other health risks for moms who smoked during pregnancy, one of which was an increased risk for preterm birth. And according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Adelaide, women who use marijuana prior to getting pregnant more than doubled their risk of giving birth to a premature baby. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) tweeted that the percent of pregnant women who experience nausea ranges between 50 percent and 80 percent, while approximately half experience retching.

"As of now, the idea is not to use marijuana for morning sickness", he said.

Given how many pregnant women seem to be using pot, there's clearly a lot of confusion about its safety.

So how safe is it for pregnant women to smoke weed?

Given the fact that recreational marijuana is slowly but surely becoming more widespread, we could see the same stats appear in several other states like Nevada, Washington and more. A 2013 study published in Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey researched the effects of marijuana use on lactation, under the guise that marijuana will soon become more widely available in the US, and didn't find conclusive evidence to support treating marijuana and tobacco use the same way.

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