More pregnant women smoking marijuana for morning sickness
- Kelvin Horton
All in all, "the paper is not surprising, and the findings of a rise in marijuana use during pregnancy is consistent with recent attention to marijuana and legalization in various states", said Dr. Haywood Brown, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the new study.
The study suggests that more women tend to use marijuana sometimes to sooth anxiety and morning sickness.
From 2009 to 2016, marijuana use among moms-to-be jumped from 4.2% to 7.1%, the study said.
The Journal of the American Medical Association, known as JAMA, published on December 26, a research letter on data analysis that indicates cannabis use is increasing among pregnant women, and particularly for young mothers.
"Use among [pregnant] females younger than 18 to age 24 years increased the most", added the team led by Kelly Young-Wolff, a Kaiser researcher in Oakland.
The study analyzed data from 280,000, gathered from 2009 to 2016. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6% of U.S. pregnant adolescents reported past-month use.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, doctors caution that marijuana's effects on a fetus aren't clear, but could include low birth weight and developmental problems. Marijuana use during pregnancy increased from 2.37 percent to 3.85 percent in 2014.
And with younger women, it appears mother tokes best.
As it turns out, the research remains unclear as to just how little a pregnant woman could drink without harming her child.
Rates of use were highest among the young, and dropped steadily as age rose during pregnancy, the researchers said. "They hear medical marijuana and think it's safe, but there are a lot of medications that aren't safe during pregnancy".