n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Smoking in pregnancy - what does my patient know?

Volume 11, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Extracted from text ... SAJOG 56 September 2005, Vol. 11, No. 3 A recent study by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Perinatal Mortality Research Unit at Tygerberg Hospital found that 39% of pregnant women smoked cigarettes.1 Smoking in pregnancy is clearly recognised in the literature as an important, dose-related, preventable risk factor for poor perinatal outcome.2 A previous MRC finding that 47% of South African coloured women smoke during pregnancy3 stands in sharp contrast to the prevalence in developed countries, for example 15.8% in the USA.4 In a developing country, where poverty in itself increases perinatal mortality and morbidity, this increase in cigarette smoking ..

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