More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot

More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot

More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot

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%.

Based on data gathered over an 8-year period, the number of pregnant women smoking in California has increased from 4.2 percent in 2009 to 7.1 percent in 2016 with an annual growth rate of 1.075 percent.

Although most of the almost 280,000 pregnant Californians who participated in the Kaiser Permanent study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association did not test positive for pot or admit to using it, a small and growing number of them did.

It's unclear why more women are choosing to use marijuana during pregnancy, a question this study didn't seek to address. In the United States, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and seven states and DC have legalized marijuana for recreational use as well.

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

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The problem? Even as public approval of pot continues to grow, we do not have enough information on the effects of marijuana on developing fetuses or young children, and what we do know is cause for concern. 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. When researchers controlled for other factors that may be at play (like socioeconomic status, mother's weight, and alcohol or cigarette use), they still found that the risk of low birth weight for babies born to mothers who smoked weed was statistically significant.

This is no surprise when you count in the fact that more than half of all Americans reported having tried marijuana at some point in their lives, and about 22 percent of those qualify as regular users. "Don't use marijuana while pregnant".

The women who were asked to complete the study were in the early part of their pregnancy. But there is no evidence that this is a safe practice, and women who are thinking about using medical marijuana while pregnant should check with their doctor and consider the research before they use the drug. "There may be effects in the future in development and after birth that could be issues with cognitive development later on, and for that reason we are not recommending for them to use it".

Researchers have observed a disturbing trend among pregnant women. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6% of U.S. pregnant adolescents reported past-month use. Try prenatal yoga, meditation, or even listening to music to give your growing baby the benefit of a relaxed you without the scary risks that may be posed by a drug, legal or not.

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