More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot, Study Finds

More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot, Study Finds


SCENE ON FREEPORT BOULEVARD. THE SUSPECT IN THIS CASE FACES HIT AND RUN RELATED CHARGES. NEW INFORMATION SHOWING MORE AND MORE PREGNANT WOMEN ARE USING MARIJUANA WHILE PREGNANT. AND THAT HAS SOME DOCTORS CONCERNED. KELLY RYAN IS IN THE NEWSROOM WITH HOW THAT CONCERN IS GROWING WITH THE STATE GETTING READY FOR LEGALIZED POT SALES. MARIJUANA IS THE MOST KNOWNLY USED ILLICIT OR ILLEGAL DRUG USED DURING PREGNANCY. MANY DOCTORS WORRY THAT DRUG USE AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN WILL INCREASE MORE. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, AN INCREASED NUMBER OF WOMEN ARE TURNING TO MARIJUANA BECAUSE THEY THINK IT IS MORE NATURAL THAN TRADITIONAL MEDICATIONS. WE SEE PEOPLE COMING IN AND REPORT THAT THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO USE MARIJUANA FOR VARIOUS REASONS. ACCORDING TO THE CDC FROM 2002 TO 2014 SELF REPORTED USE HAS INCREASED. IT IS JUST SELF REPORTED CASES SAYING MANY WOMEN DON’T TELL THEIR DOCTORS. SOME WOMEN DON’T FEEL IT IS RISKY AND DO NOT DISCUSS IT WITH THEIR DOCTORS. MANY PATIENTS THAT TELL THEIR DOCTORS SAY IT IS HELPFUL RELIEVING UNCOMFORTABLE SYMPTOMS. PATIENTS SAY THEY THINK IT MAY HELP WITH NAUSEA AND ANXIETY AND OTHER PSYCHIATRIST ISSUES. BUT THE CDC SAYS SOME INGREDIENTS CAN PASS THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND TO THE BABY AND NEGATIVELY AFFECT HER HEALTH. MARIJUANA IS SIMILAR TO CIGARETTES AND COULD AFFECT BIRTH WEIGHT. IT CAUSES ABNORMAL DEVELOPMENT. MANY DASHES SAY INGESTED OR SMOKED, MARIJUANA IS NOT A SMART CHOICE. HELPING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS CAN’T BE SAFE AND THE OTHER PART IS FIGURING OUT WHY THEY ARE CHOOSING TO USE IT AND ADDRESSING THEIR CONCERNS. THE DOCTOR POINTS OUT THAT SOME WOMEN THOUGHT SMOKING WOULD KEEP WEIGHT DOWN. SHE BELIEVES WOMEN USING MARIJUANA IS NOT DOING IT TO HARM THE BABIES AND EDUCATING

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