Are You Pregnant? Then Quit Smoking!
You should quit smoking anyway, of course, but pregnancy makes the issue even more important, due to serious smoking risks than not only hurt you, but your baby.
Recent research has shown that maternal smoking and alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases the risk of intrauterine growth retardation, obstetric complications and adverse health effects.
Maternal smoking during pregnancy also ffects fetal birth weight and causes spontaneous abortion, abnormal bleeding during pregnancy, premature detachment of the placenta, premature rupture of the membranes and perinatal mortality.
But, this is only the beginning…
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Babies born to smoking pregnant women are on average 200 grams lighter than babies born to non-smoking mothers because of the reduction of placental blood flow that results in a reduction in the nutrient level reaching the foetus. Fetal miscarriage has been found to be higher in such smoking women. Maternal smoking also induces preterm births.