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More pregnant women, especially young ones, are using marijuana

Across all age groups marijuana use during pregnancy increased from 4 percent at the start of the study to 7 percent by the end Across all age groups marijuana use during pregnancy increased from 4 percent at the start of the study to 7 percent by the end
Judith Alexander | 28 December, 2017, 01:13

Pot-use among the study subjects climbed from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent from 2009 through 2016.

"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", Young-Wolff said.

Researchers said reefer gladness among pregnant women under 18, jumped from 9.8% to 19% and from 12.5% to 21.8% for women in the 18 to 24-year-old demographic.

Almost 300,000 pregnant women at facilities in Kaiser Permanente Northern California responded to a survey about their pot use, and also gave samples of urine for a toxicology analysis.

The Kaiser Permanente researchers analyzed medical records from more than 30,000 pregnant women in its insurance network in California.

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But data on the actual effects of using marijuana during pregnancy is still unclear.

"We investigated trends of prenatal marijuana use from 2009-2016 using data from a large California health care system with universal screening via self-report and urine toxicology".

Dr. Yasmin Heard, a neuroscientist and director of addiction treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan, says prenatal marijuana exposure can impact fetal development.

Worryingly, if women are not reporting their marijuana use in their medical records, their doctors are unable to counsel them about the risks of using marijuana, or what alternative reliefs for symptoms like nausea might be available.

Many pregnant women are turning to the drug to treat morning sickness or anxiety associated with pregnancy. "They absolutely don't smoke, drink or use any drugs during pregnancy", said Horsager-Boehrer, who is an editor of the Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

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