Women who quit smoking before they get pregnant may save their babies' lives, says a new study of more than 3 million births.
The CDC researchers examined data on 3.3 million births of single babies across the country (with the exception of California) during 2002. About 11.5% (386 000) of those babies had mothers who smoked during pregnancy.
Millions of lives and dollars at risk
"The percentage of SIDS deaths that might be avoided with smoking cessation is a significant number. For women who smoke and are considering pregnancy, we strongly recommend that they get preconception counseling for smoking cessation," Dr Diane Ashton, deputy medical director of the March of Dimes, said in the news release. The study appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. - (HealthDay News, June 2010)