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Published: Sat, December 30, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

More pregnant women smoking pot

More pregnant women smoking pot

With the upcoming legalization, that number is sure to soar. The study's findings are based on medical records of 280,000 women in California who were asked about marijuana use at a prenatal appointment and then given a cannabis toxicology test during their first trimester. The scientists checked the data, which originates from eight years until now, and found that more pregnant women use marijuana, especially mothers who were younger than 18 at the time when they were pregnant, but also women who were between the ages of 18 and 24.

Among women younger than 18, pot use increased from 12.5 percent to nearly 22 percent. In 2002 2.4 percent of pregnant women self-reported marijuana use, compared to 3.9 percent in 2012.

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

Nevertheless, there were also women who stated that they hadn't used marijuana in the last month, although they had a positive urine test. "Babies born to mothers using marijuana during pregnancy, and particularly during its early stages, can suffer long-term effects of maternal prenatal drug use".

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.

While pot may be growing more popular, the science and statistics show a clear reasons why expecting moms need to think twice before choosing to use the drug. "Don't use marijuana while pregnant".

Moreover, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has come out against marijuana use during pregnancy.

Doctors caution pregnant women who use pot saying the health effects on fetuses remain unclear but include low birth weight and developmental problems.

Rates of use were highest among the young, and dropped steadily as age rose during pregnancy, the researchers said.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more research is needed on the effects of marijuana use on developing babies.

Long-term pot use has been associated with increased risk of premature birth.

Researchers have observed a disturbing trend among pregnant women. Instead, try eating something small - like a granola bar or a few crackers - before you get out of bed in the morning, eat more but smaller meals more frequently, stock up on ginger ale and bland foods like chicken broth, and take comfort in the fact that, at the very least, morning sickness can be a sign of a healthy pregnancy, even if it's not a particularly fun one.

Morning sickness affects a significant percentage of pregnant women.

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