By Amy Orciari Herman
NEJM Journal Watch
Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH
Some 4% of U.S. women who gave birth in 2017 said they used marijuana during pregnancy, according to an MMWR report.
Among the other findings, based on survey responses from roughly 6000 women in eight states:
- Nearly 10% reported use before pregnancy, and 5.5% did so after pregnancy.
- Among those who used marijuana before pregnancy, 41% continued during pregnancy.
- Reasons for use during pregnancy included alleviation of stress or anxiety (82% of users), nausea or vomiting (78%), or pain (55%). Some 46% said they used it to have fun or relax.
- The most likely users during pregnancy were white women with 12 or fewer years of education, who were unmarried and continued to smoke cigarettes.
Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend against marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation.KL