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Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

More pregnant women, especially young ones, are using marijuana

More pregnant women, especially young ones, are using marijuana

In 2009, only about four percent of pregnant women were using marijuana.

Citing lack of data on the health affects of cannabis use on pregnant women, the researchers "investigated trends of prenatal marijuana use from 2009-2016 using data from a large California health care system with universal screening via self-report and urine toxicology".

More than 20 percent of pregnant teenagers tested positive, and 19 percent of expectant mothers between 18 and 24 had used marijuana while they were pregnant.

Across all age groups, marijuana use during pregnancy increased from 4 percent at the start of the study to 7 percent by the end.

"Earlier broadly illustrative investigations have discovered that the commonness of cannabis use among USA grown-up pregnant ladies has expanded after some time; in any case, these investigations have excluded target measures of biochemically checked pot utilize and likely think little of the commonness", said lead examine creator Kelly Young and senior creator Dr. Nancy Goler, both of Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland.

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".

Almost 300,000 pregnant women at facilities in Kaiser Permanente Northern California responded to a survey about their pot use, and also gave samples of urine for a toxicology analysis. "The effects of marijuana use may be as serious as those of cigarette smoking or alcohol consumption". "So I think the idea that use is rising is just because of the greater legal exposure to marijuana that women have today versus 20 years ago".

Overall, there was an increase in cannabis use among study subjects, from four percent to seven percent, over the seven-year period.

Many women may not understand the potential risk, however. Anecdotally, Young-Wolff said, some women may take marijuana while they're pregnant to deal with morning sickness. According to one survey conducted between 2007 and 2012, 79 percent of women "reported perceiving little to no harm in prenatal [pot] use", the Kaiser team noted. However, she added, "there are many other ways to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy".

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