30 March 2010

Planning to conceive? Make quitting a priority

Vanessa Sew Chung Hong, Brand Manager for Nicorette® encourages women who are trying to conceive to take advantage of excellent programmes available to help them quit smoking.

Recent research has revealed that babies of women who smoke during pregnancy are at greater risk of blood pressure problems at birth.  Moreover, these problems could continue throughout the child’s first year and actually get worse over time.  The study carried out by the Department of Women and Child Health at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm marked differences between the blood pressure levels and changes in these levels between babies of smoking and non-smoking mothers.  The heart rate response to tilting of the children of mothers who smoked was also abnormal and exaggerated.1



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