A growing number of pregnant women are using marijuana, and the habit is expanding fastest among teens and young adults, a US study suggests.
"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.
A growing number of pregnant women are using marijuana, and the habit is expanding fastest among teens and young adults, a USA study suggests.
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While the letter does not discuss any potential problems from pot use during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises pregnant women to avoid it.
On the survey, which the women completed early in their pregnancy, were questions about marijuana use.
But data on the actual effects of using marijuana during pregnancy is still unclear. Numerous chemicals in marijuana, like tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, could pass through a mother's system to her baby.
"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.
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Prior U.S. studies had suggested that marijuana use was on the rise in pregnancy, "however, [those] studies are limited to self-reported surveys", Young-Wolff's group noted.
California was the fist state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. However, self-reported data is notoriously unreliable.
At the same time, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement in October, noting that "women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use" and "to discontinue use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in favor of an alternative therapy". But even so, more mothers are willing to run the risk, it seems.
And women may even be using marijuana after they took the survey-on goal.
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