Cannabis Hampers Baby Growth

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found that pregnant women who frequently use cannabis during their pregnancy may affect the growth of their unborn child. With the recent change in status of cannabis from a class A to class B drug, it is important to assess whether it is entirely safe for use during pregnancy. A marker which often indicates an effect on the unborn child is the baby`s weight at birth.

The findings were announced by Kate Northstone, from the Children of the 90s project, also known as ALSPAC (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children). This study based in Bristol, has monitored the health and development of over 14,000 children from pregnancy.

Mrs Northstone said: “We have found a small reduction in birth weight in those babies whose mothers smoked cannabis at least once a week before and during their pregnancy.”

The researchers found that 5% of mothers had used cannabis at some time before they became pregnant, this reduced to less than 3% whilst pregnant. The women who smoked cannabis had similar characteristics to those women that are already known to be most at risk of having babies with low birth weight: younger and first time mothers and those who use other substances such as alcohol and tobacco. In the Bristol study, almost 70% of cannabis users also smoked regularly. The adverse effects of smoking on birth weight are well known, but the association between cannabis use and lower birth weight was still evident after taking smoking and a variety of other factors into account.

Long-term follow up of the children will determine whether there are any adverse effects on the child`s development. Until such a time as the results are available, the Bristol scientists recommend that pregnant women should be encouraged to avoid all forms of substance use while they are pregnant.

Media Contact

Joanne Fryer alphagalileo

Alle Nachrichten aus der Kategorie: Health and Medicine

This subject area encompasses research and studies in the field of human medicine.

Among the wide-ranging list of topics covered here are anesthesiology, anatomy, surgery, human genetics, hygiene and environmental medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pharmacology, physiology, urology and dental medicine.

Zurück zur Startseite

Kommentare (0)

Schreib Kommentar

Neueste Beiträge

A question of affinity: How to design organic solar cell materials

A collaboration of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Germany and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have recently…

Intelligent maintenance: improved maintenance management for track

TU Graz algorithm-based method provides a basis for decisions on the correct amount of tamping measures on tracks, thus reducing their life-cycle costs by up to 20 per cent. Train…

Performance test for neural interfaces

Freiburg researchers develop guidelines to standardize analysis of electrodes How can scientists measure and define the performance of neural electrodes if there are no uniform standards? Freiburg microsystems engineer Dr….

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close