Healthy Living: JAMA study says more pregnant women are using marijuana

This week on our Healthy Living segment, a surprising new study suggests that more pregnant women appear to be using marijuana to help soothe anxiety and morning sickness.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, observed a sample of pregnant women right here in California. Pot use among the study subjects climbed from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent from 2009 through 2016.

One expert speculates the rise might be partially explained by the increased availabiility of legal marijuana in recent years.

So how safe is it for pregnant women to smoke weed? And what’s really happening here? Dr. Christina Chambers, a professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego, is well-versed on the subject of pregnancy and cannabis and joined KUSI to share her thoughts.

For more information about research opportunities at UCSD related to marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, please contact:

MotherToBaby California (for pregnant women): call 858-246-1713, email mothertobabyca@ucsd.edu, or sign-up online

Mommy’s Milk (for breastfeeding women): call 858-246-1713, email milkstudy@ucsd.edu, or sign-up online

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