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It is not uncommon for babies of active smokers to be born at a low birth weight. Why is this risky? What are some other possible affects of smoking while pregnant?
Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth, and low birth weight,” now appears on cigarette packs for good reason. Pregnant smokers have a higher chance of miscarriage and stillbirth. [ Babies of smoking mothers have a higher chance of being born early and too small. Low-birth-weight babies (less than 5 ½ pounds) can suffer serious health problems throughout their lives. Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, arsenic, various tar products, and carbon monoxide. All of these are damaging to the body, and all of them can reach the baby through the placenta. For example,
nicotine causes problems with the flow of blood through the blood vessels. Smoking during pregnancy may limit blood flow through the placenta and thus slow the baby’s growth. ]
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