Marijuana Use Before Pregnancy Thought to Double the Risk of Premature Birth

 by lucy

A study has been conducted in Australia and New Zealand to determine some of the most common risk factors for giving birth to a baby prematurely.  One of the risks was marijuana use before pregnancy, which has been found to more than double a woman’s risk of giving birth prematurely.

Over 3,000 pregnant women were studied by Professor Gus Dekker and his team.  The research was published today in PLoS ONE, a research journal.

Dekker’s study found that smoking marijuana increased the risk of preterm birth from 8%, which is the average, to 15-20%.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Dekker did acknowledge that some of these women may have also smoked marijuana during their pregnancy, which could have added to the increased risk of delivering a baby before its due date.

Because of this, Scientists were unable to 100% conclude that marijuana is indeed a cause of premature birth.  In the study they explained, “We are unable to determine whether this association is due to a toxic effect of marijuana or is a marker of a suite of lifestyle factors that contribute to the risk.”

Other risk factors studied were family history of preterm births, having a mother with diabetes, low BMI, hypertension, or a history of babies with low birth weight in the family.

The end goal of the study is to work toward the creation of a test that will help determine or predict whether a baby will be born preterm.  This would help their doctors get the baby to full term, or at the very least be prepared for an early arrival and the risks that go along with premature births.

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    AlabamaDank said on Jul 18, 2012

    So they can't prove it. If they do that sucks. Marijuana is not worth anyone's baby being born premature. Toke it up after at the baby is born ladies.

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    Jay-Kush said on Jul 18, 2012

    More money wasted on more useless research I mean these women could have mixed the weed with tabacco which is proven to cause all sorts of problems with pregnant women it beats me why they spend money on tyring to make weed look bad , its common sense for women when your pregnant dont do drugs or alcohol. They would have been better spending the money on using cannabiniods to fight cancer or something that little bit of research is not going to change nothing , sorry for the slight rant I just had some Grapefruit diesel lol Peace!

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    WeaponZero said on Jul 18, 2012

    Premature yes, but underdeveloped? many studies have been done on this subject and most non biased studys seem to suggest that while a premature birth "might" happen more often while useing cannabis they all seem also suggest that the babys are not born underdeveloped so there is little to no issue with a premature birth while useing cannabis. But whatever, I have said it before and ill say it again, "no real study will ever be done until cannabis is legal"

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    SirDabsAlot said on Jul 19, 2012

    Why the fuck would you guys defend smoking while pregnant? You should be 100% sober throughout a pregnancy why would you want to be high while trying to grow a healthy baby inside of you. Come on guys there are some things that should not be defended, and smoking while pregnant is one of those things. Saying shit like "they cant prove it" is simply arrogant. if you cant stop smoking for 9 months so your baby can have a healthy life then something is wrong with you. smoking DOES take a toll on your body and should be done while healthy…. and not pregnant.

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    Elvers said on Jul 20, 2012

    it's about time you guy's put it on the line straight out I'm proud of ya. It's to bad I can't get any straight answers on my questions I ask!!!

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    Elvers said on Jul 20, 2012

    for instance Jay Townsend who told people to throw Acid on all the democratic woman of congress and he's suppose'd to be a G.O.P representative!!! what's happened too him!!!

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    Nineveh said on Oct 7, 2012

    oh em geeeeee. Seriously. I dobn't know if it's the reporters or the scientists, but they NEED to stop reporting as if experience which haven't proven anything have. And for crying out loud, if it is the scientists, maybe they should learn how to handle an f'in experiment. You can't just decide you're going to do an experiment, and then let your control and sample groups do whatever the hell they want, including things that would impact your findings (like if someone is drinking/smoking weed/smoking cigs/whatever else during the pregnancy) and then say your hypothesis has been proven by discounting the crap controls you put on your experiment and then say the other stuff may have affected it but it's not important. Arrrgh. Rational science and meaningful observation are not concepts it takes a rocket surgeon to understand.

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    Nineveh said on Oct 7, 2012

    also @albama: the way I read it, the study is claiming that women who smoke marijuana BEFORE having a child, as in, before the child is even conceived. I, too, thought it was women who smoke during pregnancy, until I read this part a few paragraphs up from the end: "According to the Daily Telegraph, Dekker did acknowledge that some of these women may have also smoked marijuana during their pregnancy…" Which to me, is saying the experiment was supposed to measure birth rate of women who have smoked before pregnancy. Nutshell summary of experiment from what I understand: Therefore they are trying to make the correlation that women who smoke pot, even women who stop smoking pot once they find out they are pregnant, have up to double the risk of giving birth prematurely when they become pregnant.

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