Effect of changes in maternal smoking habits in early pregnancy on infant birthweight

P. Frank, R. McNamee, P. C. Hannaford, C. R. Kay

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    Abstract

    Background. The inverse relationship between maternal smoking and infant birthweight is well documented. A;m. The aim of the present study was to examine whether a change in maternal cigarette consumption in early pregnancy affects the infant's birthweight Method. A total of 5980 women who presented to their general practitioners between 1976 and 1979 with an unplanned pregnancy and the babies resulting from these pregnancies were included in the study. Women were divided into four categories: non-smokers, smokers, quitters and reducers. Results. In terms of mean infant birthweight, the non-smokers had a clear benefit over the smokers whose babies were 153 g lighter (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-59
    Number of pages2
    JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
    Volume44
    Issue number379
    Publication statusPublished - 1994

    Keywords

    • Birthweght
    • Patient attitude
    • Pregnancy outcome
    • Smoking cessation
    • Smoking habits

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