Marijuana use during pregnancy is associated with a five-fold increase in risk of pre-term births. This comes from an Australia-based study which analyzed data from over 5,500 pregnancies across Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The study found that 36 percent of marijuana users delivered at less than 28 weeks’ gestation, with 64 percent at less than 32 weeks. By comparison, the rate for non-users was 5 percent at 28 weeks, and 16 percent at 32 weeks. With such an increase in risk, the study advises total abstinence from marijuana use during pregnancy. “Marijuana use in pregnancy is a major risk for pre-term birth,” ScienceDaily.com, May 12, 2016.
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