Smoking and Pregnancy
The risks involved with smoking during pregnancy:
Smoke can be damaging to a fetus in several ways, and may cause the following:
Subsequently, babies born to smokers may also have the following problems:
Studies have shown that maternal smoking is a contributing factor in 14 percent of all premature deliveries in the U.S.
The mother, too, may experience problems during her pregnancy as a result of smoking, including, but not limited to, the following:
Researchers believe the effects of carbon monoxide (which reduces oxygen in the blood) and nicotine (which stimulates certain hormones) cause many of these adverse effects.
However, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if a woman quits smoking early in her pregnancy, she increases her chance of delivering a healthy baby.
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