Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy Linked to Low Birth Weight, Autism

Publication date: Sep 16, 2020

New research shows that the answer is pretty clear: Smoking weed during pregnancy is dangerous for the fetus, and can lead to lower birth weight, preterm birth, and an increased risk of autism.

Recently, as more states have begun to legalize recreational marijuana, researchers have published more studies about what happens when women smoke marijuana during pregnancy.

In 2017, scientists reviewed more than 10,000 studies on cannabis and found that smoking weed during pregnancy can lead to low birth weight in the baby.

Other research suggests that more weed, especially during the first and second trimesters, is more associated with low birth weight – and using cannabis less than weekly may not do the same damage, according to ACOG.

In a study released last year, a team of Canadian researchers found solid evidence for another negative effect of marijuana use in pregnant women: preterm birth.

The team looked at a registry of a large number of births in Ontario and the pregnant women’s self-reported cannabis use data.

To complicate matters, preterm birth findings aren’t consistent across studies, and other researchers have found that the weed either had no effect on preterm birth or that it only does when the moms-to-be used both weed and tobacco, according to ACOG.

The same Canadian team used that same Ontario birth registry to investigate whether the use of marijuana during pregnancy leads to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

The post Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy Linked to Low Birth Weight, Autism appeared first on Fatherly.

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