Journal article

Smoking in pregnancy

P Gillies, M Wakefield

Current Obstetrics and Gynaecology | Published : 1993

Abstract

Given that 1 in 3 women smoke during pregnancy, smoking is a significant source of morbidity and mortality in fetuses, infants and women themselves. It has been estimated that 4300 miscarriages each year in the UK are smoking-related and low birth weight, placenta praevia, placenta abruptia and sudden infant death syndrome add considerably to this toll. In addition, babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy suffer from poor intellectual and physical growth and are more likely to have respiratory ailments, asthma and glue ear. In women in Britain, lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as a cause of death, reflecting the increasing prevalence of smoking in women over the last 4 decad..

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