When you’re expecting, there are a lot of things that you can’t have. Alcohol is a no-no. Smoking is forbidden. Certain foods are off the table. So, finding something to take the edge off is hard. What’s left? Recently, expectant moms have been turning to marijuana, reports KII TV.
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The legalization of marijuana for recreational use has made it easier than ever for new moms to grab a joint. So much so that the Centers for Disease Control noticed a significant rise in pregnant women using the drug. This is especially true with younger mothers.
A recent study shows that nearly 22 percent of pregnant women 18 or younger are smoking marijuana, while 24 percent of expecting moms under 24 are doing it.
Of course, this study was only done in states where the drug is currently legal, so there is no information about how many pregnant women are using the drug illegally in other states. Given how popular marijuana is in Colorado and Washington, it’s likely that number would go up quite a bit. What’s more, there is no indication about how many pregnant women are using legal “medical marijuana” in other states where recreational use isn’t available yet.
Medical marijuana has been known to help with nausea and anxiety for those suffering through illness. Expectant mothers have to deal with both symptoms on a regular basis. So, naturally, moms are likely to turn to the drug to help deal with their symptoms, whether prescribed or not. But is this necessarily a good thing?
“Researchers don’t know a lot about what the effects might be and while the research is in progress, most experts advise pregnant women not to use marijuana,” the CDC states.
Some research suggests that, like many drugs, marijuana can harm the baby. Issues such as low birth weight or developmental problems might be linked to using the drug. What’s more, it is difficult to tell what effects certain strains of the drug can have on a developing baby.
So, whether you suffer from chronic nausea or anxiety, or just want to indulge, you might want to ask yourself if it’s worth the risk.
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