News Thursday June 26, 2014

A Study Found a Link Between Smoking and Pre-eclampsia

10thSmoking has been associated with many diseases. One more health risk has been associated with smoking among pregnant women by researchers.

According to a study carried at the University of Nottingham by the Genetics of Pre-Eclampsia Consortium, pregnant women who smoke put the lives of their unborn babies at risk. This study was funded by the British Heart Foundation and strongly supports the opinion of many leading experts who advise that expectant mothers should quit smoking whilst pregnant.

The Study

The study was performed on 1001 white Western European women and their babies. These women had moderate to severe pre-eclampsia. The study was led by Professor Broughton Pipkin of the School of Human Development.

Results of the study

The results of the study showed that women smokers gave birth to premature babies and the risks of developing eclampsia were high.

  • Out of the total 1001 women, 38.8 percent smokers delivered premature babies as compared to 21.3 percent of non-smokers
  • 46.1 percent of smokers delivered low birth weight babies when compared to 27.9 percent non-smokers
  • 65.6 percent of smokers delivered babies with adverse conditions when compared to 60 percent of former smokers and 50.4 percent of non-smokers

Notable views

A cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, Ellen Mason said, "Research like this study from The University of Nottingham is vital to help us understand the full effects of lifestyle choices on our heart and circulatory health and that of our children. Smoking is clearly potentially very harmful to mother and baby, and we need to support women in quitting at every stage of pregnancy."

Professor Fiona Broughton Pipkin said, "Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are the second most frequent cause of death in pregnancy in this country and cause an estimated 70,000 deaths worldwide among pregnant women each year. In 2005, 742 babies died as a direct result of pregnancy hypertension in England and Wales. Ten times this number are delivered prematurely for the same reason. They risk short-term breathing problems, potential brain damage and long-term cardiovascular disease. The deaths are the tip of an iceberg for hospital admissions and worry for mothers, babies and families."

Effects of smoking in pregnancy

The risks to pregnant women smokers are recognised by health communities worldwide. In the UK, about 30 per cent of pregnant women smoke. According to researchers, smoking during pregnancy can lead to health problems for the unborn child.

Due to smoking habits among pregnant women, about 4000 fetal deaths occur every year. It also includes miscarriages. Smoking among pregnant women also leads to premature births, low birth weight, cot death and asthma. In addition smoking is also associated with learning difficulties among children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy, which is yet another good reason why women who are pregnant should consider giving up. However, this can sometimes be quite difficult with many treatments including prescription product Champix are not suitable whilst pregnant meaning that any attempt to give up will require a significant amount of willpower.

Researchers at the University of the Nottingham have also proved that if women stop smoking before or during pregnancy, risks associated with smoking can be significantly reduced.

Bookmark and Share

Latest Stories

Get your daily dose of inspiration from our Best of healthexpress blog , where we showcase some of the most stunning stories and information.


Could Obesity treatments serve t...

Scientists have found that through helping obese patients to lose weight, they can also help reduce the number of cases of Obstructive sleep apnea,...


Italy called to action for 2 hou...

Italy is a nation that loves it's food. However, ministers have been forced to call it to action, and pose the question as to whether their culture...


Toddler's appendix bursts after ...

A 2 year old child, suspected of carrying the H1N1 virus suffered a burst appendix as the result of a mis - diagnosis from health experts. The Tots...


Scientists Prove Link between Ob...

22-December-2008 - Recent scientific studies have provided strong evidence to prove a connection between obesity in men and erectile dysfunction....


Calorie Overdose can Short Circu...

22-December-2008 - Excessive calorie intake can be a self perpetuating habit which has devastating health effects. This habit sets off a series of...


Fake Viagra King And Spam Networ...

A federal Court in Chicago is celebrating an important victory against a global internet spamming group offering, among other things, copied and...

Load More Stories
comments powered by Disqus