Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Smoking and Pregnancy
WOMEN AND SMOKING -- THE FACTS
Smoking Cessation Support is offered to all our patients who are currently smoking and for those searching for ways to reduce or quit all together. Most pregnant women want to quit smoking – not only for their own health, but for the health of their baby. However, combining the thought of quitting and pregnancy is often overwhelming to many women.
Women who smoke while pregnant have a higher percentage of the following than women who do not smoke:
3.Abnormal placenta implantation
4.Premature rupture of membranes
6.SGA (Small Baby for Gestational Age)
7. Stillborn babies
8.SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
SIDS is higher in babies whose mothers smoke.
Smoking decreases the oxygen and nutrients to your baby. Thus, smoker's babies are also more likely to be born smaller than normal.
When mothers smoke and breastfeed, nicotine can be found in the milk even five hours after the last cigarette.
Pregnant women are not the only individuals who expose their babies/children to secondhand smoke. All household members must be responsible and refrain from smoking around the pregnant woman, baby, and other small children. In order for the pregnant woman to be successful with smoking cessation, it is important for family, friends, and co-workers to support her and not smoke around her. Best of all, quit smoking.
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Last modification date:
Thu Aug 23 12:29:00 2007