Study Reveals Young Women Using Marijuana While Pregnant Is On The Rise

When pregnant, women are usually advised to avoid substances and activities that may cause harm to their or their baby’s health, most commonly drinking or smoking. However, according to a new study, since the legalization of medicinal marijuana in California, there’s been quite an increase of pregnant women self-reportedly taking it.

The latest research, published in the Journal of Amercian Medical Association and led by Kelly Young-Wolff, a clinical psychologist from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, revealed that by the end of the seven-year study period one in 14 women were using marijuana after conceiving. 

The study looked at 279,457 pregnant women who were part of the Kaiser Permanente health system between 2009 to 2016. Each completed a survey about their cannabis use and took a toxicology test at their pre-natal check-up eight weeks into their pregnancy.

According to the study, 4.2 percent of the women who were pregnant in 2009 had used marijuana, but by 2016 it had climbed

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