More women in California are using marijuana during pregnancy, study finds

More Pregnant Women Are Smoking Pot To Ease Morning Sickness According To Studies

More Pregnant Women Are Smoking Pot To Ease Morning Sickness According To Studies

In 2016, 7% of pregnant women in a California study tested positive for marijuana use, which is almost double the 4% who were using it in 2009.

Only about 30% of women which were tested admitted to their use, while well over 50% tested positive. These complications are already more prevalent among teen mothers than in slightly older women, which is worrying for medical professionals, since research showed teenagers are also more likely to smoke pot while pregnant than their older peers. The survey contained questions about their use of marijuana within the past month.

The number of pregnant moms younger than 18 using marijuana rose from 12.5 percent to nearly 22 percent.

According to Dr. Navizadeh, it is hard to determine the exact effects of marijuana use on babies and fetuses because, oftentimes, expectant mothers who are using marijuana may also be using other drugs. That being said, it's impossible to determine whether they used the drug before or after they found out that they are pregnant.

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This tracked with a rise in marijuana use in the general population, said the study's lead researcher, Kelly Young-Wolff.

That's according to the new report from Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a major regional health care group.

It's unclear why more women are choosing to use marijuana during pregnancy, a question this study didn't seek to address.

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. "Our data might be very different if you looked in another state". She continued that data is expected to be higher in California as the state is the first to legalize cannabis in the 1990s and that results may serve as a preview of what could happen to other states. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) tweeted that the percent of pregnant women who experience nausea ranges between 50 percent and 80 percent, while approximately half experience retching. The percentage of those women using marijuana jumped from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent.

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The study's authors are comparing only the per cent of marijuana users in each year, rather than the numbers, so they can control for age, ethnicity and household income.

Researchers believe factors like marijuana legalization and morning sickness have contributed to the trend.

For a national committee of physicians, the trends revealed by the California study appeared worrisome.

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.

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