Study finds preg­nant women are go­ing to pot

Western Times - - LIFE - — bodyand­soul.com.au

AN IN­CREAS­ING num­ber of preg­nant women are re­sort­ing to smok­ing pot in a bid to over­come nau­sea and vom­it­ing de­spite warn­ings from med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als against do­ing so. Ac­cord­ing to a new study, pub­lished in JAMA In­ter­nal Medicine, women are four times more likely to use mar­i­juana while preg­nant if they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­vere nau­sea and vom­it­ing. Al­most 300,000 women in the US were screened from 2009 to 2016 and 8.3 per cent re­ported us­ing mar­i­juana in the year prior to their preg­nancy while 15.3 per cent re­ported nau­sea and vom­it­ing. How­ever, re­searchers would not rule out if drug use also con­trib­uted to nau­sea and vom­it­ing, as they found clin­i­cians were also more likely to di­ag­nose this when women had been us­ing mar­i­juana to try and treat it. This echoes a pre­vi­ous study of 4735 women in Hawaii from 2009 to 2011, which found pre­na­tal mar­i­juana use was more preva­lent among those women with self-re­ported se­vere nau­sea dur­ing preg­nancy. But med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als warn the health ef­fects of mar­i­juana and preg­nancy are still un­clear.

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