The NSDUH Report May 21, 2009: Substance Use among Women During Pregnancy and Following Childbirth

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Combined 2002 to 2007 data show that past month alcohol use among women aged 18 to 44 was highest for those who were not pregnant and did not have children living in the household (63.0 percent) but comparatively low for women in the first trimester of pregnancy (19.0 percent), and even lower for those in the second (7.8 percent) or third trimester (6.2 percent); similar patterns were seen with marijuana, cigarette, and binge alcohol use. Data suggest that use of these substances increases following childbirth; for example, marijuana use was higher for recent mothers with children under 3 months old in the household (3.8 percent) than for women in the third trimester of pregnancy (1.4 percent), suggesting resumption of use among mothers in the first 3 months after childbirth.



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Date Added: 6/15/09
Inventory #: SMA09-172

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