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Marijuana use by pregnant women doubles in U.S.

Marijuana use by pregnant women doubles in U.S.”

The study's findings are consistent with previous research that has shown increased marijuana use among pregnant women in California, and in the United States as a whole, from 2002 to 2014.

Amongst girls who weren't pregnant, the speed of marijuana use elevated from virtually 7 % to just about 12 % or 1 in eight. Within the first trimester, previous-month marijuana use raised from 5.7% to 12.1%.

More moms-to-be in the United States are using marijuana, especially in their first trimester, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. Contributors have been requested questions on present being pregnant status, past-month marijuana use, the number of days of marijuana use prior to now month, and every day or near daily use of marijuana, outlined as more than or equal to 20 days prior to now month. Many women may have used pot before they learned they were pregnant, or used it to ease morning sickness, although few women said a doctor had recommended it, Volkow said. Between 2013 to 2017, only 0.5% of previous-month marijuana use was thought for medical-only functions, which means that a physician knows it. Pregnant ladies additionally reported utilizing marijuana extra days in 2017 than in 2002. That is why marijuana's effects on fetal progress may very well be "more pronounced in women who eat marijuana regularly, especially in first and second trimesters", based on the authors.

Day by day marijuana use elevated total from 0.9% to 3.4%, with a rise of 1.8% to 5.3% within the first trimester, 0.6% to 2.5% within the second trimester and 0.5% to 2.5% within the third trimester. This study further analyzed marijuana uses in pregnant women across trimesters.

The results are based on health surveys involving almost half a million U.S. women who were questioned during a period when rising numbers of states legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.

The editorial warned against relying on imperfect data to make judgments about potential harms from marijuana use and said more rigorous research is needed.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant "should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use" for both medical and non medical purposes.

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