A recent study has stated that an increasing number of pregnant women are resorting to using marijuana to relieve their nausea, morning sickness and anxiety. Reports state that the surge trend was noted in those women who were younger in age, according to the study.
The research letter stated that the prevalence of marijuana use among a sample of pregnant women in California increased from 4.2 percent 7.1 percent, though the rate seemed higher particularly in women aged between 18 to 24 which climbed from 9.8 percent to 19 percent.
The study only analysed the data of marijuana use among certain women in California, however a separate study was also conducted on pregnant women across the United States. The other study found out that the number of women who reported using marijuana the previous month, grew from 2.37% in 2002 to 3.85% in 2014. The women were 18 to 44.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctor have cautioned that the health effects of marijuana on fetus is still not ascertained and could also result in low birth weight and developmental problems in babies.
Reports state that many of the chemicals present in marijuana like tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, could pass through a mother’s system to her baby, which could potentially pose a harm to the infant.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends 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.”
According to the recommendations, “there are insufficient data to evaluate the effects of marijuana use on infants during lactation and breastfeeding, and in the absence of such data, marijuana use is discouraged,” reports state.
The findings of the study were published in the online Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).