Many mums smoke through pregnancy

For further information, contact Melissa Maimann at Essential Birth Consulting. The research is published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Many Australian women who smoke don't quit during pregnancy ... and when they cut back it's only by a couple of cigarettes a day.

... 37 per cent of the women were smokers before they fell pregnant, and this declined to about 25 per cent once they became aware of their condition.

Those who continued to smoke ... reduced their intake from an average of 16 cigarettes a day to 13.

Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, and a host of health problems for the baby linked to an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight.

... The study also found that more than 40 per cent of women in the study were overweight or obese, they consumed half the recommended serving of fruit and a third of the recommended serving of vegetables.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448