Rise in use of marijuana by pregnant women alarming
Washington Times 5 November 2018
Family First Comment: this is the effect of normalising drug use – as the Greens and the Drug Foundation want to do.
“Unlike alcohol and cigarette use, prenatal cannabis use has not decreased, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is a key phase of neural development for the fetus.”
American Academy of Pediatrics: Cannabis use during pregnancy likely to occur alongside other drug use.
Pregnant women are increasingly using marijuana, especially during the first trimester, even as rates of alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking drop, according to research published Monday.
About 5 percent of women ages 18 to 44 used marijuana during their pregnancy in 2016, increasing from 2.85 percent in 2002. The latest numbers come from an analysis by Washington University School of Medicine researcher Arpana Agrawal.
The results were published as a research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics and is based on federal data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health.
“Unlike alcohol and cigarette use, prenatal cannabis use has not decreased, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is a key phase of neural development for the fetus,” Ms. Agrawal wrote in the report.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that marijuana use during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight for the baby and anemia for the mother. The agency also highlights research showing that children born to women who used marijuana have a harder time paying attention and difficulty learning.
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