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Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

Faith Bontrager, RN, BSNFaith's passion in nursing is to help people find the options they need to discover their personal path to optimum health. Ask her friends and they will tell you that their appreciation of nutritious food has grown through Faith. About Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN


A Healthy Pregnancy

Clearing the Air

Last month the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a recommendation to providers to support perinatal smoking cessation. We at Dr. Gourmet encourage our readers who are pregnant or would like to become pregnant to stop smoking. We would also like to encourage their partners and families to stop smoking as well.

"Smoking is one of the most important modifiable causes of poor pregnancy outcomes in the United States."

Research shows that maternal smoking during pregnancy has many complications for both mother and baby. Some of these include:

  • Low birth weight (which may cause other complications for baby)
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Preterm birth
  • Placenta previa
  • Placentas abruption1
  • A more than 60% higher risk of baby having congenital heart disease2
  • An increased risk of your child having lower verbal scores and poorer performance on language tests3
  • An increased risk of your child getting asthma during the first 7 years of life4
  • An increased likelihood that your child will be obese5

Even secondhand smoke increases Mom's risk for having a low birth weight baby by 20%. Whenever possible, pregnant women should avoid second-hand smoke.

Quit SmokingWill cutting down help? While cutting back is better than nothing, there is no substitute for clean air. Talk TO your doctor about quitting now. The greatest benefits come from quitting before 15 weeks of gestation, so don't delay.

While quitting smoking may be easy for some readers, it is quite difficult for others. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation programs in your area and about methods of quitting.

Thinking about quitting but haven't set a date? Consider November 18, the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society suggests that smokers quit for a day. Many businesses look for ways to support smokers as they attempt to quit for 24 hours (and maybe for good!) This year's motto, "Less cancer; more birthdays," has special meaning to pregnant women and their partners.

Want an additional motivator? Consider the amount you currently spend daily on cigarettes. Multiply that number by 365 days/year then by 18 years. Have you paid for your child's college education? Graduate school? This doesn't even include the money you saved on health care costs.

Care for yourself and your child!

1. Smoking During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Preterm Birth. Nancy A. Melville. Preventive Medicine 2010: the Annual Meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM): Abstract 212669. Presented February 19, 2010.
2. Study reported at the American Heart Association 2006 Scientific Sessions shows.
3. Smoking During Pregnancy Affects Speech-Processing Ability in Newborn. Alexandra P.F. Key; Melissa Ferguson; Dennis L. Molfese; Kelley Peach; Casey Lehman; Victoria J. Molfese. Posted: 04/27/2007; Environmental Health Perspectives. 2007;115(4):623
4. Maternal Smoking in Pregnancy, Fetal Development, and Childhood Asthma. Jouni J.K. Jaakkola; Mika Gissler. Posted: 01/12/2004; American Journal of Public Health. 2004;94(1).
5. Child obesity significantly increases the risk that a child will become an obese adult. Am J Clinical Nutrition 2005:82:393-8