Parenting

Marijuana use during pregnancy associated with autism in babies, study finds

A large Canadian study found an association between maternal cannabis use during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorder in babies. The study, published Monday in Nature Medicine, involved an analysis of all live births in Ontario from April 2007 to March 2012, before recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada. The study notes that cannabis use during pregnancy has increased. Of half a million women in the study, 3,000, or 0.6%, reported using cannabis during pregnancy, according to a hospital press release on the study. Specifically, researchers found that women who used cannabis during pregnancy were 1.5 times more likely to have a child with autism, per Forbes. “The incidence of intellectual disability and learning disorders was higher among offspring of mothers who use cannabis in pregnancy, although less statistically robust,” the study authors wrote. In a separate study conducted by the same researchers, they previously found that cannabis use in pregnancy was linked to an increased risk of preterm birth. The women involved in that study often used other substances like tobacco, alcohol, and opioids. “Considering those findings, in the current study the researchers specifically looked at 2,200 women who reported using only cannabis during pregnancy, and no other substances. They found that babies born to this group still had an increased risk of autism compared to those who did not use cannabis,” per the press release. The study had limits, however. Researchers don’t know the amount of cannabis used, the point at which women used cannabis during pregnancy, or how the cannabis was consumed. Researchers emphasized caution when interpreting the results because, despite efforts to control for other factors, other variables may be at play. The study, therefore, shows association — not cause and effect. Still, the study’s senior author called the results “concerning.” “This is concerning because we know so little about how cannabis affects pregnant women and their babies,” said Dr. Mark Walker, chief of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Newborn Care at The Ottawa Hospital, professor at the University of Ottawa and senior author on the study. “Parents-to-be should inform themselves of the possible risks, and we hope studies like ours can help.”

Soo.. Don’t smoke pot if you’re pregnant.  Seems like common sense…

Parents admit to committing at least 4 ‘parenting mishaps’ a week

Parents commit almost 4,000 “parenting mishaps” before their child moves out of the house, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 parents (ages 23 and up) found the average parent commits 221 little hiccups per year – adding up to 3,978 between their child’s birth and age 18. The top parenting “faux pas” was found to be allowing children to have too much screen time (65 percent,) followed by accidentally teaching children swear words (42 percent) and letting children watch something that wasn’t age appropriate (39 percent.) Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, the survey uncovered the challenges that often come with modern parenting and found that when it comes to parenting, sometimes it’s about embracing the imperfections. Results revealed that children are the most challenging to handle at age 6, and parents should watch out for their youngest – they’re the most likely to cause trouble. Despite this, 50 percent of parents also admit their youngest child is their favorite (of those who have a favorite). With all the trouble little ones can get into, sometimes parents need a break from the chaos. Parents who were surveyed were willing to give up quite a bit if it meant their child would be perfectly behaved. Three in 10 would give up social media, while others were willing to sacrifice wine (30 percent) or Netflix (26 percent). When they need parenting advice, those surveyed turn first to their partner (42 percent), then to their mother (41 percent) or to other parents (31 percent.) Today’s modern parent also utilizes technology, with 17 percent of parents using the internet and almost 10 percent looking toward social media for parenting advice. “Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, and one that you truly can’t prepare for,” said Jeanne Collins, Vice President of Marketing at Prestige Consumer Healthcare. “From diapers and sleep routines to feeding schedules and all that baby stuff, the goal of the Butt Paste community is to be a source of fun amidst the chaos – one diaper change at a time!” Overall, it’s about embracing, not judging, the community of parents around you. In fact, surveyed parents agreed that the trend they’d most like to see go away in 2020 is mom shaming (64 percent.) But even with resources to turn to, just 12 percent of respondents felt “very prepared” when they first became a parent – though an additional 44 percent felt “somewhat prepared.” And when first becoming a parent, respondents were most surprised by the lack of sleep new parents get (50 percent), how hard it can be to get a new baby to fall asleep (37 percent) and the amount of stuff a baby comes with (31 percent.) But even feeling unprepared – and having a handful of “mishaps” per week – 66 percent of parents said they excel in teaching their children to be kind and compassionate. To accomplish this, the majority of parents (54 percent) agree that the “authoritative” parenting style is most effective – being sensitive and responsive to children’s needs, while maintaining sternness. “The beauty of modern parenting is that we can all connect on the fact that no one has it all together,” said Collins. “Not only is it about laughing through the little mishaps that happen along the way, but also finding solutions that uniquely work for you as a parent – that’s what our brand is all about.”

While that sounded much like a commercial, there were some interesting takeaways.  That said..  Glad I was raised in an era before cable tv, much less iPhones and Netflix.  My parents are guilty of a multitude of parenting faux pas..  But, they had nothing to do with the challenges faced here in “modern parenting.”     🙂