Amazingly, up to 30% of pregnant women will continue to smoke during their pregnancy. Studies have shown that only 25% of women who smoke, will stop at any point during their pregnancy.
Unfortunately, nicotine is easily transmitted through the motherís bloodstream and breast milk to the baby, who can suffer negative effects. These babies typically have a lower birth-weight (< 5.5 lbs), and are 2-3 times more likely to die from SIDS. They may also be born too early, which can cause them to be developmentally and physically challenged with a greater risk for cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and even death.
If possible, begin a smoking cessation program prior to getting pregnant. Studies show that smoking has even been linked to women having trouble getting pregnant. Finally, smoking can double your risk for excessive bleeding during delivery. This puts both you and your baby at risk.