Cannabis Consumption During Pregnancy On The Rise, Researchers Warned

Cannabis Consumption During Pregnancy On The Rise, Researchers Warned
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Over the past decade, there is an increase in the number of women who consume cannabis before and during pregnancy. According to the results of a California-based cohort study, more future mothers get high daily. How many women risk their babies’ healthy by smoking cannabis? In 2009 14.6% of pregnant women were using cannabis daily, and that percentage rose to 20.9% in 2017 as a Ph.D., of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California in Oakland, Kelly C. Young-Wolff, wrote in JAMA Network Open.

Increasingly more women use cannabis during pregnancy

Via an email, Young-Wolff told MedPage Today that there is consistency in the future American mothers that consume cannabis daily during their pregnancy. All over the world, 1.95% of pregnant women chose to get high during their pregnancy in 2009 while in 2017 the percentage increased to 3.38%.

The health of the fetus is profoundly affected by mothers who use cannabis during their pregnancy period. Young-Wolff and colleagues wrote that the baby could suffer from bad neuropsychological functioning and lower birth weight.

This did not stop pregnant women from using cannabis because it is easy for them to purchase it and it is generally accepted, study authors said.

The precise effects of cannabis consumption during pregnancy are still unknown

In an accompanying editorial, Torri Metz, MD, MS, of the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City and Elaine Stickrath, MD, of Denver Health and Hospital also wrote that it was no surprise that Young-Wolff and colleagues found increasing rates of cannabis use in reproductive-age women.

Elaine Stickrath, MD, of Denver Health and Hospital and Torri Metz, MD, MS, of the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City also wrote in an accompanying editorial that the number of reproductive-age women using cannabis is not a surprise.

Future mothers are advised by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) not to consume cannabis during pregnancy because they do not know the actual effects on their infants’ health.


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