The good news is that women who want to quit smoking during pregnancy tend to have better quitting success rates...
The good news is that women who want to quit smoking during pregnancy tend to have better quitting success rates than others who may try to quit. It's unclear exactly why -- but I'm guessing it has something to do with the awareness that comes with being pregnant and wanting your baby to be as healthy as possible. Still, some women don't quit smoking during pregnancy which is a huge cause for concern. If you're pregnant your responsible for not only your own health but that of your baby. New research shows that many women who continue to smoke while pregnant likely have symptoms of depression. One such recent study showed that the majority of women still smoking while pregnant were experiencing depression and 30% had some form of a mental illness. Between, mental illness, depression, and smoking while pregnant it would seem that the news is bad. However, what makes this study positive is that now care providers have another way to help women quit smoking. Before a pregnant woman may have been told, "You better quit because.... (list of reasons)" but now a care provider might assess for depression. If the depression is treated a woman has much better odds at quitting smoking. If you're pregnant and can't quit; even if you've tried talk to your care provider about looking into other reasons why you smoke. It might not be a lack of wanting to quit if you're depressed -- depression can be very hard to deal with. Once you get support for the total you it may be easier to quit. To learn more about smoking while pregnant and why you shouldn't read:Â How to quit smoking when you're pregnant. You might also be interested in this article about prenatal depression.

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