Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Links To Impaired Fetal Brain Development

Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Links To Impaired Fetal Brain Development

New study suggests babies of cannabis consuming mothers experience sleep issues from impaired fetal brain development.  The number of women consuming cannabis while pregnant has increased in recent years. Quite likely, this is due to the relaxing of legal and social barriers. But, some mothers are also consuming cannabis to treat pregnancy-related symptoms, such as morning sickness. This increasing trend has health professionals worried, as the evidence points towards a connection between prenatal cannabis exposure and impairments in fetal brain development. Most recently, researchers assessed the effect of in utero cannabis exposure on the sleeping patterns of infants. Their findings are in line with research that dates back decades which suggests that babies of women who consume cannabis are more likely to experience sleep disturbances as infants. Literature Connects Prenatal Cannabis Exposure and Sleep Problems In a study published in Pediatric Research (1988), the researchers examined infant outcomes relative to the trimesters of pregnancy in which cannabis consumption occurred1)Scher, M. S., Richardson, G. A., Coble, P. A., Day, N. L., & Stoffer, D. S. (1988). The effects of prenatal alcohol and marijuana exposure: disturbances in neonatal sleep cycling and arousal. Pediatric Research, 24(1), 101-105. jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_3779_1”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_3779_1”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: “fade”, fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: “top right”, relative: true, offset: [10, 10] });. The mothers were first interviewed during the fourth month of pregnancy to collect information on cannabis consumption during the year before pregnancy and for the first trimester. The researchers interviewed the expecting mothers again at seven months pregnant…

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