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More US Women Use Marijuana During Pregnancy، Says Study

Thursday 20/June/2019 - 09:29 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
The number of mothers-to-be who use marijuana products increased in 2017، especially among those who are in the first trimester of their pregnancy، as the Technical Times said.

A new study analyzed the data of 4،400 pregnant women and 133،900 nonpregnant women between the ages of 12 and 44 who participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each participant was asked about their pregnancy status and history of medical and nonmedical marijuana use.

Marijuana Use Among Pregnant Women Increasing
The researchers found that، overall، the number of pregnant who admitted to using marijuana in the past month increased to 7 percent in 2017. For comparison، in 2002، the percentage of pregnant women who used marijuana in the past month was only 3.4 percent.

The data also revealed that the drug was more often used during the first trimester than in the second or third trimester of the pregnancy. Among those surveyed، 12.1 percent of pregnant women used marijuana during the first trimester in 2017، a significant increase from 5.7 percent in 2002.

Increase in daily or near-daily marijuana use was also observed by the researchers. From 0.9 percent in 2002، 3.4 percent of women used marijuana daily or near daily.

Responders also reported more frequent marijuana use in 2017 than in 2001. T

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