Mothers who experience hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, are 53% more likely to have a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Many pregnant women are turning to marijuana to help curb morning sickness during early pregnancy. A new study reports maternal marijuana use may be detrimental to the brain development of children. Exposure to THC in utero can cause learning and memory problems in children that may continue through adolescence.
The use of cannabis to curb the symptoms of morning sickness has been linked to behavioral and memory deficits in children. In utero exposure to marijuana alters neural networks in the developing hippocampus, an area of the brain implicated in memory and learning.