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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday December 28 2017, @11:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the is-it-4:20-already? dept.

Pregnant women are increasingly using cannabis, according to two studies published this year:

More pregnant women seem to be using pot -- sometimes to ease the nausea of morning sickness or heightened anxiety -- and a new study suggests that this slight rise in marijuana use is most pronounced among those younger in age. The prevalence of marijuana use among a sample of moms-to-be in California climbed from 4.2% to 7.1% from 2009 through 2016, according to a research letter published in the journal JAMA on Tuesday [DOI: 10.1001/jama.2017.17225] [DX]. Among pregnant teens younger than 18, marijuana use climbed from 12.5% to 21.8%, and among women 18 to 24, marijuana use climbed from 9.8% to 19%, the researchers found.

That research involved only certain women in California, but a separate study of pregnant women across the United States, published in JAMA [open, DOI: 10.1001/jama.2016.17383] [DX] in January, found that those who reported using marijuana in the previous month grew from 2.37% in 2002 to 3.85% in 2014. The women were 18 to 44.

Doctors caution that the health effects of marijuana on a fetus remain unclear but could include low birth weight and developmental problems [DOI: 10.1097/CHI.0b013e318160b3f0] [DX], according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of the chemicals in marijuana, like tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, could pass through a mother's system to her baby. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that "women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use" and "to discontinue use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in favor of an alternative therapy." Additionally, "there are insufficient data to evaluate the effects of marijuana use on infants during lactation and breastfeeding, and in the absence of such data, marijuana use is discouraged," according to the recommendations.

Also at LA Times.

Related: Tennessee to Jail Women Who Use Drugs while Pregnant


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Whoever on Monday January 01 2018, @08:28PM (1 child)

    by Whoever (4524) on Monday January 01 2018, @08:28PM (#616499) Journal

    You *almost* presented yourself as a decent human being, but then your authoritarian and misogynistic attitudes overwhelmed you.

    In your rant, women are having too much sex. With whom? Men perhaps? But it's only a problem when women do it?

    You parrot Trump's narrative of immigrants as committing more crime, when the reverse is true: immigrants are less likely to be engaged in criminal acts.

    Authoritarian and racist attitudes are the best predictor of someone being a Trump supporter. I guess you fit right in.

    Let's remind you of your own post:

    I have no place in telling a pregnant woman (other than, perhaps, one I pregnated) what she should or shouldn't do,

    Clearly, based on your own remarks, you would love to tell women (including pregnant women) what they should or should not do.

    Summary: you are a liar. Perhaps you lie to yourself as well as others.

    Plonk!

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  • (Score: 2) by linkdude64 on Thursday January 04 2018, @12:12AM

    by linkdude64 (5482) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 04 2018, @12:12AM (#617436)

    "In your rant, women are having too much sex. With whom? Men perhaps? But it's only a problem when women do it?"

    I don't care if they're having sex with men or women - if they aren't protecting themselves from pregnancy, that is willful negligence. How on earth that is a misogynistic statement is beyond me. When people die in car crashes and were not wearing their seatbelts, it is their responsibility. If someone has unprotected sex leading to an unwanted pregnancy, that is also their responsibility.

    "You parrot Trump's narrative of immigrants as committing more crime, when the reverse is true: immigrants are less likely to be engaged in criminal acts."

    Please post a source to back up your claim.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/21/report-reveals-92-percent-foreign-nationals-in-federal-prisons-are-illegal-immigrants.html [foxnews.com]
    https://www.dhs.gov/immigration-statistics/special-reports/alien-incarceration?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery [dhs.gov]

    This is directly from the DHS. Please post a source to back up your claim that illegal immigrants - who, let's not forget, are immediately federal criminals - are less likely to commit crimes.

    "Clearly, based on your own remarks, you would love to tell women (including pregnant women) what they should or should not do."

    Conviction is not the same as hubris, opinions are not the same as commands, and my opinion is not even necessarily tied to the way I vote, because ethical "right" and civil "Right" are completely different.
    Your conflation of basic terms, your petty and irrelevant characterizations, and your ineffective non-statements like "You almost presented yourself as a decent human being" are foolish and a waste of time. I assume you have nothing useful to say anyway, so we will go our separate ways.