Tobacco Abuse in Pregnancy
Publication Date:December 2002
Nicotine Tobacum with its 4,000 additives remains the most injurious addiction to the pregnant woman and her baby. At the discovery of being pregnant 60% of women will quit and 40% will continue throughout the pregnancy. For those 40% tobacco's chemicals will be absorbed into mother's blood, and the baby will be bathed in these toxins. There will be 144,000 spontaneous abortions (approximately 14.6% of all pregnancies), a weight deficit of almost one pound, a loss of 50 I.Q. points in the baby, and affective disorders programmed in the innocent fetus. This article reviews the evidence-based literature regarding findings about tobacco's products and their effect on gestation.
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Robert J. Oliver, M.D., Ph.D.
Robert J. Oliver, M.D., Ph.D. is a retired Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Also a Sexologist/Gestalt Psychotherapist, he currently resides hi Arizona. Correspondence about this article may be sent to 3734 East 4th Street, Tucson, Arizona 85716. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.