The proportion of women there who used marijuana in some form while they were pregnant almost doubled between 2009 and 2016.
From 2009 to 2016, marijuana use among moms-to-be jumped from 4.2% to 7.1%, the study said.
There's a new study out suggesting that more pregnant women appear to be using marijuana, sometimes to soothe anxiety and morning sickness.
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In many states, medical marijuana can be prescribed for treating conditions including severe nausea and pain - both of which may affect pregnant women - but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women stay away from weed if they want to have a baby.
The data come from toxicology reports and a combination of self-reports in which pregnant females say they have used marijuana and positive toxicology reports.
For other age groups, the researchers found that marijuana use rose from 3.4% to 5.1% among women 25 to 34 and from 2.1% to 3.3% among women older than 34.
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Media reports noted that the time span of the study coincides with increased marijuana legalization in California, and the US, and may be indicative of a continuing trend, as recreational legalization in California is scheduled to take effect on January 1.
Additionally, "we were unable to distinguish prenatal use before versus after women realized they were pregnant", Young-Wolff wrote.
"I have found that women frequently fall into two groups during pregnancy".
In spite of its wide use, the new research suggests that pregnant women are still aware of some stigma against them for partaking in a toke or an edible. "They know there are potential risks involved with many decisions they make involving medication exposure, alcohol use and smoking, but they decide those risks are acceptable, especially if the risks are not well-defined or conclusive", she said.
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