ACOG Updates Recommendations on Marijuana During Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) continues to recommend that clinicians discourage pregnant and breast-feeding women from using marijuana, according to an interim update to a committee opinion.

The group notes that currently available data are insufficient to evaluate the drug's effects on infants. However, as states continue to legalize marijuana, women may mistakenly believe that it is safe for use during pregnancy and lactation.

"Because the effects of marijuana use may be as serious as those of cigarette smoking or alcohol consumption, marijuana also should be avoided during pregnancy," the authors write on behalf of ACOG's Committee on Obstetric Practice.

"[B]ecause of concerns regarding impaired neurodevelopment, as well as maternal and fetal exposure to the adverse effects of smoking, women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use," they say.

The committee opinion is published online September 21 and in the October...

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