Potty use in early pregnancy linked to long-term mental health issues in children

Potty use in early pregnancy linked to long-term mental health issues in children

By By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter, health day reporter

(Health Day)

TUESDAY Sept., Feb. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Marijuana use after the first weeks of pregnancy is linked to mental health problems in children that persist into early adolescence, according to a new study.

Cannabis exposure after around five to six weeks of fetal development was associated with attention, social and behavioral problems, according to the results. These problems continued when children reached ages 11 and 12, increasing the risk of mental health and substance abuse disorders in adolescence.

As part of the ABCD study, researchers regularly measure participants’ brain structure and activity using MRIs. They also collect psychological, environmental and cognitive information.

The study found only an association, not a causal link, between pot during pregnancy and children’s mental health outcomes. Nevertheless, THC, which is the main psychoactive substance in cannabis, can cross the placenta and potentially affect brain development, according to previous research on cannabis use during pregnancy.

About 3% of pregnant women used cannabis in 2002, but this figure rose to 7% in 2017. These figures were 4.7% in 2018 and 5.4% in 2019, according to the National Survey on Consumption drugs and health.

The study was supported by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and was published on September 1. 12″ JAMA Pediatrics.

SOURCE: US National Institute on Drug Abuse, press release, Sept. 12, 2022

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