Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Smoking? Pregnant? Here's Why You Shouldn't.

Some Facts you should know about from The National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit: - Between 12 and 20 percent of all pregnant women smoke. - Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to 10 percent of all infant deaths. - Smoking during pregnancy may impair normal fetal brain and nervous system development. - The direct medical costs of a complicated birth are 66 percent higher for smokers than for non-smokers, reflecting the greater severity of complications and the more intensive care that is required. - Reducing smoking prevalence by one percentage point would prevent 1,300 low birth-weight babies and save $21 million in direct medical costs in the first year. Over a seven year period, this means the prevention of 57,200 low birth-weight babies and savings of $572 million in direct medical costs. - Babies whose mothers smoked during their pregnancy are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome than those whose mothers did not smoke. - Women who smoke can have a difficult time becoming pregnant. - Parents who smoke make their children more vulnerable to respiratory illness, middle ear infections, and impaired lung function. So in other words: Less Oxygen to baby, Low Birth Weight, Pregnancy Complications, Preterm Labor.