Cannabis use is increasing among pregnant women, a new study released last week shows, and that worries some medical professionals, who, even in states where cannabis is legal, would never suggest use during pregnancy or nursing.
Pregnancy isn’t always fun, as any pregnant woman can tell you; nausea, insomnia, and food aversion are all common side effects, and as such, some women are turning to cannabis.
However, doctors are warning expectant mothers to halt use, as it can lead to complications including low birth weight and worse as the baby grows.
And cannabis use is way up among pregnant women, the Journal of the American Medical Association shows: From 2.4% reported in 2002 to 4% reported in 2014.
As Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes, this increase is of concern.
Possible Side Effects
As cannabis is still listed as a Schedule 1 drug, few studies can help here, but according to Dr. Volkow, cannabis can result in low birth weight, anemia, and memory and attention problems as the child grows. Additionally, because there is so little research available, doctors would rather be safe than sorry.
With so little information available, it’s hard to know for sure, but as many doctors will agree, it’s best to reduce the number of outside influences while pregnant.
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