How Smoking Affects Pregnancy

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How Smoking Affects Pregnancy

 

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Guest:  Dr. Jill Mauldin – Obstetrics-Gynecology, MUSC

Host:  MUSC

 

MUSC:  If you’re a smoker and you’re pregnant, or planning to get pregnant, it’s time to stop smoking.  Here’s Dr. Jill Mauldin of the MUSC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Dr. Jill Mauldin:  Making the choice to stop smoking is one of the biggest things that you can do as a patient to actually improve the outcome of your pregnancy. 

 

MUSC:  Smoking affects the health of your developing baby in several ways.

 

Dr. Jill Mauldin:  Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that your baby has to grow.  It decreases the blood flow that goes to your uterus and your placenta, so your baby is more likely to weigh much less than it would if you are not smoking.

 

MUSC:  If you’re pregnant, be sure to talk to your doctor or midwife about smoking, diet, exercise and other things you can address to give your baby a great start in life.

 

For more information, visit www.muschealth.com/children.  This is brought to you by MUSC Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s department stores.  Remember, Kohl’s cares for kids.   


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