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Smoking During Pregnancy

Friday, October 16th, 2009
Posted in Advice by Joel Gross

What are the potential problems that arise from smoking during pregnancy?

  • Ectopic pregnancy: Fetus implants itself in the wrong spot, resulting in miscarriage
  • Smoking causes 115,000 miscarriages and 5,600 stillbirths each year
  • Increased risk of placental abruption: this condition is where the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus and the baby suffocates from lack of oxygen
  • Increased risk of premature babies
  • Increased risk of apnea and infant sudden death syndrome
  • Increased risk of genetic defects, like cleft lip and retardation
  • Increased vaginal bleeding
  • Smokers fetuses receive less oxygen and nutrients, resulting in smaller & sicker children

Scary stuff, eh?