Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking is a sure way to damage a child’s life even before that child is born; yet it remains the single most preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and infants.

Smoking can cause problems with the placenta, the source of the baby’s nutrition and oxygen during pregnancy.  Fetal death rates are 35% higher among pregnant women who smoke.  And, smoking can even make getting pregnant more difficult: Women who smoke have approximately 30% higher odds of being infertile.

The baby of a smoker suffers increased risk of severe negative effects at every stage of development, including:

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