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Health Tip: Don't Smoke During Pregnancy

Posted Oct 13 2010 6:00am
Here's how it can harm the baby

By Diana Kohnle
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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(HealthDay News) -- If you smoke while you're pregnant, you're exposing the baby to a host of harmful chemicals, including carbon monoxide, tar and nicotine, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.

The ACOG says smoking during pregnancy can lead to these medical problems:

  • An ectopic pregnancy.
  • Bleeding.
  • Complications with the attachment of the placenta to the uterus.
  • Stillbirth.
  • A baby with a low birth weight.

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