Pregnant women already have a much better chance of quitting smoking than the average smoker, and now, pregnant women have...
Pregnant women already have a much better chance of quitting smoking than the average smoker, and now, pregnant women have one more tool at their disposal - nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). In the past it's been unclear if pregnant women could safely use NRT but new research finds that there may be fewer risks involved than thought previously. According to the research, NRT appears effective and is not directly associated with adverse events. The October issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology looks at revised data from an older NRT trial and women trying to quit, had an easier time when they used NRT. The downside of this older study was that serious adverse events in pregnancy were seen in 33 of 105 NRT participants (31%) compared with only 9 of 52 controls (17%). BUT on the not so risky side, the only significant predictors of adverse events were black race, adverse pregnancy history, and use of analgesic medication. NRT was not the primary issue for women - meaning, if you're a women who is has a history of problem pregnancies you may experience adverse affects while using NRT, but it's not directly related to the treatment. According to Dr. Swamy, a lead researcher on the study, "While pregnant women who smoke have a significant risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, this risk is not likely to be attributable to the use of NRT... While our findings cannot be used to directly say that NRT is absolutely safe during pregnancy, it can be used to reassure...patients and providers that the use of NRT may in fact be warranted in those women who are heavy smokers, given the known association between smoking and adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly preterm birth and low birth weight." We all know smoking while pregnant leads to seriously unhealthy outcomes for you and your baby. You have to quit smoking now if you want a healthy baby. Oh, and PS mamas who smoke during pregnancy may have crazier kids - no joke. Talk to your doctor or midwife to see if NRT is a good option for helping you to quit. *Source

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