New study reveals more pregnant women are using marijuana

Pot use among pregnant women of all ages continues rise – study

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

Marijuana use among US pregnant women increased from 4.2 percent in 2009 to 7.1 percent a year ago. From 2002 to 2014, the prevalence of self-reported, past-month marijuana use among USA adult pregnant women increased from 2.4% to 3.9%.

The proportion of women there who used marijuana in some form while they were pregnant almost doubled between 2009 and 2016.

"Because of the possibility of concurrent use of marijuana and other substances of abuse, the evidence of its direct association with preterm labor, fetal growth restriction, preterm birth, low birthweight and stillbirth is still debatable, though these adverse effects lean more towards an increased likelihood of occurrence", Yankey continued.

Some of the sharpest increases in marijuana usage were among pregnant women under the age of 18 and between the ages of 18 to 24 years old.

The researcher said the amount of marijuana consumed and how often a person uses it is a factor.

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Officials in Colorado, where recreational pot was legalized, have warned women not to smoke it during pregnancy, Gizmodo reported.

Use of the drug, found to impair an infant's brain development and function, is on the rise with pregnant women of all ages.

Along with advising against marijuana use, doctors have long advised pregnant women to avoid drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

California was the fist state in the USA to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. "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".

As it turns out, the research remains unclear as to just how little a pregnant woman could drink without harming her child. There are those who want to reduce risks of bad things happening to as close to zero as possible and improve outcomes any way they can.

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