Cannabis: Pregnant Women Are Using More Marijuana, Posing Unknown Danger to Babies

Study Say Maximum Pregnant Women Smoking Pot 27122017

Marijuana use among pregnant mothers in California rose from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent from 2009-2016. But among teenagers 12 to 18, marijuana use jumped the most, from 12.5 per cent to 21.8 per cent.

A growing number of pregnant women are using marijuana, and the habit is expanding fastest among teens and young adults, a USA study suggests.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also warns pregnant mothers against using marijuana to ease nausea and other pregnancy symptoms, saying that the drug can cause problems in newborns, including low birth weight, and developmental problems.

But data on the actual effects of using marijuana during pregnancy is still unclear.

The committee opinion stated that while most women believe that smoking marijuana is safe during pregnancy, it should be discouraged because scientists still don't know exactly what it does to developing fetuses.

"Marijuana use in pregnancy may be on the rise in part because the legalization of medical marijuana has made people think of the drug as less unsafe, even during pregnancy", Barbara Yankey, a public health researcher at Georgia State University, told NBC News.

Prenatal marijuana use also increased among women of all ages.

"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".

Among ladies who screened positive for cannabis utilize, 55 percent fizzled the lab tests however denied sedate use on the polls.

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". Urine tests, which are more reliable, also have their limitations; marijuana can linger in a person's urine about 30 days-and even longer for those just light up more than every once in a while. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6% of United States pregnant adolescents reported past-month use.

Young-Wolff said marijuana usage increased the most in young females. "We recommend (pregnant women) stop immediately".

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