Anti-Smoking Campaigns Necessary For Women After Pregnancy
Anti-smoking campaigns are necessary for women after pregnancy, according to a new study. This is because many women who will go on to have more children. And if they refrain from smoking that entire time, their future pregnancies are at a lower risk for .
Researchers from Curtain University discovered that current anti-smoking campaigns are sufficient before and during pregnancy. However, they are important after pregnancy as well. This is because women who choose to quit smoking while expecting are generally first-time mothers, according to . And as a result, when and if they have more babies, those pregnancies will be healthier as a result of not smoking than if the mother begins smoking again after delivery.
The study, which was published in the journal, , found that when women stopped smoking for their first pregnancy when exposed to anti-smoking campaigns postpartum, 30 percent were able to maintain their abstinence from smoking for future pregnancies.
Further still, when mothers did not begin smoking again, subsequent pregnancies were at a 26 percent lower risk of preterm birth than those where smoking was present.
is not only not healthy for the mother-to-be but her unborn baby as well.
According to the , women who smoke and become pregnant are at a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are not sustainable and can even be fatal to the woman.
When women are , their babies are at a higher risk of being born prematurely, according to the . As a result of this, the babies are born with low birth weight as well.
If mothers continue to smoke throughout their pregnancy, according to the publication, they also put their babies at a higher risk for SIDS. So much so, that babies exposed to cigarette smoke in vitro and postpartum have a three times higher risk of succumbing to SIDS versus those whose mothers did not smoke during pregnancy.
To determine if anti-smoking campaigns would be helpful to women after delivering their babies, researchers reviewed over 63,500 records of Australian women who smoked during their first pregnancy, according to
What they discovered was that when women received anti-smoking information not only during their pregnancy but after as well, one-third were still not smoking when they became pregnant with subsequent babies.
Women who are pregnant or are trying to conceive, should not smoke cigarettes. By not exposing themselves or their unborn babies to the toxic smoke and associated chemicals, mothers-to-be are doing their part to ensure that their pregnancies are as healthy as possible. And if this is accomplished with the assistance of postpartum anti-smoking campaigns, they should be developed as soon as possible.
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