Weeding Out the Myths: Marijuana in Pregnancy and Lactation.
Published: September 2014
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
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Washington, DC 20036
This slideshow presentation discusses the prevalence of cannabis use in the pregnant population, the impact of marijuana on the fetus and newborn infant, the effects of in utero marijuana exposure on long-term growth and neurodevelopment, and recommendations regarding marijuana use in pregnancy and lactation. Findings from studies are shared and indicate mixed results on the impact of prenatal marijuana exposure on preterm delivery, low birth weight, fetal growth, and abnormalities, but a proven effect on neurobehavior, behavior problems, attention problems, and academic achievement. It concludes that marijuana should be regarded as harmful to the developing fetus and breastfeeding infant.
PRENATAL DRUG EXPOSURE; PRENATAL INFLUENCES; PREGNANCY; DRUG ABUSE; SUBSTANCE ABUSING MOTHERS; SUBSTANCE EXPOSED INFANTS; learning disabilities; academic achievement; attention deficit disorder; behavior problems