More women are using pot during pregnancy.
Pregnant women with severe nausea and vomiting in their first trimester were nearly four times more likely to use marijuana than those without morning sickness. Those with milder symptoms were twice as likely to use the drug as those with no symptoms.
More than 220,000 pregnant women in northern California completed surveys and submitted urine samples for drug screening in their first trimester. Researchers analyzed these data and also examined the participants’ medical records, looking for diagnoses of mild to severe morning sickness.
Some 2.3 percent of the women had severe nausea and vomiting; another 15.3 percent had milder symptoms. The rest experienced none. Among those with severe symptoms, 11.3 percent used marijuana and among those with mild symptoms, 8.4 percent used the drug compared to 4.5 percent who used marijuana but had no symptoms.
The researchers say they hope their study will encourage clinicians to provide safe and effective medicines to treat morning sickness. They also encourage clinicians to educate pregnant women about the negative effects that using marijuana during pregnancy may have on their babies, noting that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women use no marijuana during pregnancy and lactation.
Source: The Marijuana Report 22.08.2018