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Pregnant women using cannabis and nicotine have higher infant death risk

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  • a month ago

A recent study published in JAMA Network Open has revealed that the combined use of cannabis and nicotine during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of maternal and neonatal morbidity. The study found that using both substances was linked to higher rates of infant death, preterm birth, and infants small for gestational age compared to using just one substance or abstaining altogether.

Dr. Jamie Lo, the corresponding author of the study, emphasized the importance of counseling patients to abstain from using cannabis and nicotine during pregnancy. While it may be challenging for some individuals to completely avoid these substances, even reducing the use of one can help reduce the associated risks during pregnancy.

Experts agree that it is best to steer clear of both cannabis and nicotine during pregnancy. Dr. Lea McMahon, chief clinical officer at Symetria Recovery, highlighted the importance of seeking treatment for substance use disorders and focusing on sobriety to improve quality of life.

Dr. Pamela Berens, a professor and OBGYN at UTHealth Houston, emphasized that just because cannabis may be legal in some states, it does not mean it is safe during pregnancy. There is insufficient research on the implications of cannabis use during pregnancy and lactation, making it crucial for individuals to decrease or quit their use before and during pregnancy.

Overall, the medical community recommends abstaining from both cannabis and nicotine during pregnancy to ensure the health and safety of both the pregnant person and the fetus. It is essential to raise awareness about the potential risks associated with using these substances during pregnancy, regardless of their legal status in certain states.

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