Many women smoke marijuana. The fact that they are pregnant does not seem to stop them. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 5 percent of women are using pot while expecting a baby. Many people thought that it is harmful because the drug crosses the placenta. However, it seems that researchers have found no evidence that marijuana is dangerous for the baby.
At first, researchers found there was a connection between using pot and a low birth weight. When they take into consideration factors such as tobacco, they discovered that the risk for the baby was from tobacco use, not the marijuana. Of course, most people are using these substances at the same time.
Shayna Conner, the author of the study, said that even though using pot does not seem dangerous, people should pay attention. It is a foreign substance and it has no benefits for the baby. Researchers are also thinking that the authorities should focus more on things that we know that are harmful, such as tobacco or alcohol.
The most important thing is that every woman can have different side effects while using pot. Moreover, the study focused only on some neonatal outcomes, such as low birth weight and giving birth faster that you should. Researchers did not study the neurodevelopmental issues. If a woman keeps smoking a lot of pot while she is expecting a baby, there could be dangerous side effects. This happens also because they are marijuana makes them less motivated. Pot could make them eat a lot of unhealthy food, drink sugary drinks and these are more harmful to the child than you can think.
Researchers are not advising using pot because they are not able to tell it has no effects on the baby or mother. There should be more research in the future, to understand better the effects of using pot during pregnancy. If you want to stay safe, the best solution is to not smoke marijuana.
There are states, such as Colorado, where people are allowed to smoke marijuana. However, the authorities are advising women not to use the drug during pregnancy. Moreover, if the baby is tested and is positive for this substance, the law says that doctors should talk to the child protective services.
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