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Smoking for two: Double the risks

smokingSmoking during pregnancy has many known risks: It increases your risk of a miscarriage, problems with the placenta and premature birth. In addition, new research lends addition evidence that smoking increases your child’s risk of developing asthma and wheezing problems by preschool age. Researchers reviewed data on more than 21,000 children, 735 of them exposed to maternal smoking during pregnancy. Researchers say smoking appeared riskiest during the first trimester of pregnancy.

If you’re pregnant, quitting smoking during pregnancy has many benefits. It:

  • increases the amount of air your baby gets
  • increases the chances your baby’s lungs will work well
  • lowers the risk of birth defects
  • lowers the risk of premature birth
  • increases the chances your baby will come home from the hospital with you

Quitting is also beneficial for a woman’s health. It decreases the risk of life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.