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The Impact of Cannabis Use on Pregnancy Outcomes: Insights from Recent Studies

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Dr. Jessica Nelson
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The Impact of Cannabis Use on Pregnancy Outcomes: Insights from Recent Studies

The Impact of Cannabis Use on Pregnancy Outcomes: Insights from Recent Studies

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Recent research has shed new light on the potential risks associated with cannabis use during pregnancy. Analyzing data from 9,000 pregnancies, researchers have found a significant link between cannabis use and several adverse pregnancy outcomes. These findings have important implications for healthcare providers and expecting mothers alike.

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The Association between Cannabis Use and Placental Dysfunction

One of the key findings of these studies is the correlation between maternal cannabis use and adverse pregnancy outcomes related to placental dysfunction. As reported in a study published on PubMed, maternal cannabis exposure was ascertained by urine immunoassay for 11-nor-9-carboxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of cannabis. The results highlighted the potential risks associated with cannabis use during pregnancy, particularly in terms of placental function.

Cannabis Use and Negative Birth Outcomes

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A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) further illuminated the potential risks. It found that unfavorable birth outcomes occurred at a rate of 25.9% with cannabis use versus 17.4% without. Moreover, the study found that small-for-gestational-age birth, preterm birth, stillbirth, or hypertensive disorders in pregnancy were more common in pregnant individuals who had been exposed to cannabis.

The Influence of Ongoing Cannabis Use on Birth Outcomes

The study also found that ongoing cannabis use and greater levels of exposure tracked with higher risk. As reported on NewsNationNow, the study analyzed over 9,000 pregnant people and found that ongoing cannabis use throughout pregnancy posed the highest risks. However, stopping use in the first trimester significantly reduced the risk of problems. This highlights the importance of early intervention and cessation of use for expecting mothers who use cannabis.

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Recommendations for Expecting Mothers

All of these findings point to a clear conclusion: it is best to avoid cannabis use during pregnancy. Adverse outcomes associated with cannabis use included preterm births, stillbirths, and hypertensive pregnancy disorders. These risks were found to be highest for those who used cannabis in both the first trimester and later in gestation, as mentioned in a LiveScience article.

The study's findings underscore the need for further research on the potential effects of cannabis use during pregnancy, as well as the importance of comprehensive healthcare advice for expecting mothers. Until more is known, the safest option is to abstain from cannabis use during pregnancy to optimize maternal and neonatal outcomes.

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