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CDC Reports Disturbing Numbers In Pre-Pregnancy Smoking

Smoking has long been proven as a health hazard for pregnant women and the children that they bear. Despite the wide awareness campaign of the federal government, many women still disregard this health risk months before they become pregnant.

This was reported by the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after reviewing birth records in 2014. “We know that smoking is a problem for pregnancy, and we continue to see many women smoking,” said study co-author Dr. Edward McCabe, who works with the nonprofit group March of Dimes as chief medical officer and senior VP.

Results of the review, as reported in a news release, revealed that about 10 percent of females were found to smoke within a three-month period prior to their next pregnancy. Worse, only 25 percent of them quit smoking before the pregnancy. In addition, roughly 10 percent of women smoked cigarettes during the time that they were pregnant.

Study lead author Sally Curtin reminded the general public that there is plenty of research about the harmful effects of smoking on the child in the womb, some of which include low birth weight and preterm labor. “Smoking during pregnancy is double trouble,” Curtin said. Meanwhile, McCabe believes that women must be responsible for the health of their future children. “Part of planning a pregnancy, if you’re smoking, is to work on quitting,” McCabe mentioned.

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