Why More Moms-to-Be Are Using Pot During Their Pregnancies

Smoking marijuana was on the rise among pregnant women in California, a study showed.

Marijuana use among pregnant mothers in California rose from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent from 2009-2016. For women in the 18 to 24 age bracket, marijuana usage spiked from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent in that same period.

Some soon-to-be-moms are turning to marijuana to quell the uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy such as morning sickness.

"We were concerned to find that the prevalence of marijuana use in pregnancy is increasing more quickly among younger females, aged 24 and younger, and to see the high prevalence of use in this age group", the study's lead author, Kelly Young-Wolff, licensed clinical psychologist and research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, told CNN.

In October, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which discourages marijuana use among pregnant or breastfeeding women, said that prenatal marijuana use could cause harm to an infant's brain development and function.

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The research published Tuesday involved only certain women in California, according to CNN.

Young and Goler did not condone the consumption of marijuana during pregnancy. Timing may be important, too; marijuana use in the first month of a pregnancy may increase the likelihood of a very rare birth defect called anencephaly.

While the letter does not discuss any potential problems from pot use during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises pregnant women to avoid it.

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

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. A total of 23 states have laws that allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes to some extent. However, she added, "there are many other ways to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy".


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