Mums-to-be ignore smoke signals in Borders
Published 30 Oct 2012 02:30 0 Comments
SHOCKING figures have revealed almost a quarter of women in the Borders still smoke while pregnant.
And, with the damage it can cause to their unborn child, many more cigarette smokers are thought to have lied about quitting their habit.
Commenting on the statistics released by the Scottish Government this week, local MSP John Lamont said: "These are certainly very concerning statistics and show that we still have a lot to do to convince more pregnant women to give up this damaging habit."
Studies have shown smoking can cause severe damage to a child during pregnancy, restricting their oxygen supply and causing their heart to beat faster. It can also increase the risk of stillbirth and of cot death.
Mr Lamont said: "The benefits of stopping smoking are huge, and it is important that pregnant women are aware of just how much of a difference it can make. Not only will it improve the health of your baby, it lessens morning sickness, reduces the risk of stillbirth and reduces the risk of cot death."
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 24 Oct 12
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