Marijuana use among pregnant women continues to rise

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Marijuana use by pregnant women appears to be on the rise. According to new data, more women are using cannabis while pregnant.

Cannabis is legal for recreational use in California and in 10 other states, and medical marijuana is legal in 33 states.

A new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association says that marijuana is now the most commonly used illicit drug among pregnant women in the U.S.

Data collected from 276,000 pregnant women in a Northern California study found that cannabis use nearly doubled from  2009 to 2017.

Dr. Christina Chambers, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSD, says she is seeing a lot more women asking questions about the effects of cannabis. Women want to know if cannabis can ease the nausea, vomiting and mood changes that occur in the first three months of pregnancy.

However, there is no concrete data to show that marijuana use will or will not harm the baby.

Dr. Chambers explained that some studies conducted in the late 1980s indicated a greater risk of neuro-development problems for the baby, but those studies were not definitive.

Recently, the Surgeon General and the FDA have issued public statements urging pregnant women to avoid the use of marijuana.

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