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Smoking: Problems With Pregnancy
If you are a woman who smokes and you are thinking about getting pregnant or are pregnant, now is a good time to quit smoking. Women who smoke may have a harder time getting pregnant. Women who smoke are more likely to have the following problems:1
- Stillbirths and miscarriages.
- Babies who grow more slowly in the uterus and weigh less than expected when born (low birth weight).
- Children who have learning, emotional, and behavioral problems.
If you quit smoking before you become pregnant (or sometime during the first 3 months of your pregnancy), your risk of having a baby with low birth weight is the same as that of a woman who does not smoke. Women who quit later in their pregnancy still reduce the risk of problems for their babies.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry|
|Last Revised||July 6, 2011|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 6, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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