Marijuana Use in Pregnancy Is Major Risk for Pre-Term Birth

by ParentCo. May 12, 2016

International research led by the University of Adelaide has for the first time shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth.
"Our results suggest that more than 6% of pre-term births could have been prevented if women did not use marijuana during pregnancy, irrespective of other risk factors," says lead author Professor Claire Roberts from the University's Robinson Research Institute. Professor Roberts says these results have implications for pregnant women the world over. The proportion of very early pre-term birth was higher, with 36% of marijuana users having delivered at less than 28 weeks' gestation and 64% at less than 32 weeks, compared with non-users: 5% at 28 weeks' gestation and 16% at 32 weeks. Source: Marijuana Use in Pregnancy Is Major Risk for Pre-Term Birth


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