Pregnant Women Are Smoking Pot—Here's Why They're Happier For It

Still, doctors recommend pregnant women avoid the practice altogether.

Nowadays, people are well aware of the dangers of alcohol and nicotine on a fetus, and smoking cigarettes or drinking more than the occasional glass of wine while pregnant is considered akin to a crime. But what about weed? It might not be something people previously took into much consideration, but, apparently, they should.

According to new research published in JAMA on Tuesday, more pregnant women are using pot in order to offset the nausea of morning sickness or the anxiety of becoming a parent. According to the study, marijuana use in the state of California jumped from 4.2% to 7.1% between 2009 and 2016, and the spike was even more significant among younger moms-to-be: Marijuana use leapt from 9.8% to 19 percent among pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 24, and from 12.5% to 21.8% for pregnant teens under the age of 18.

The precise effects of marijuana on the fetus are still unclear, but yes, doctors advise against it.

Last October, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published an update wherein they stated that marijuana "is the illicit drug most commonly used during pregnancy," and that the growing number of states that are legalizing marijuana could cause the number of pregnant women smoking pot to rise.

Though they agree that there is "insufficient data to evaluate the effects of marijuana use on infants during lactation and breastfeeding…because of concerns regarding impaired neurodevelopment, as well as maternal and fetal exposure to the adverse effects of smoking, women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use."

And for more information about marijuana, learn the 20 Ways Smoking Weed Affects Your Health.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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