More pregnant women are using pot, study finds

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More and more expectant mothers are using marijuana in states where it is legal, the results of a new study of California women suggests.

The study, which looked at pregnant females in California from 2009 to 2016, found that trends in marijuana use among them increased overall in that time period.

A new study reveals that more pregnant woman are turning to the use of marijuana. "In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6 percent of USA pregnant adolescents reported past-month use". "From 2002 to 2014, the prevalence of self-reported, past-month marijuana use among USA adult pregnant women increased from 2.4 percent to 3.9 percent".

Researchers say the data comes from self-reported surveys that "likely underestimate use" of the drug.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the health effects of marijuana on a fetus could include low birth weight and developmental problems, according to CNN.

Worryingly, if women are not reporting their marijuana use in their medical records, their doctors are unable to counsel them about the risks of using marijuana, or what alternative reliefs for symptoms like nausea might be available.

Despite the uncertainty of how the drug affects the body, California will legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 beginning January 1.