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First-ever review finds smoking causes serious birth defects
Date:7/12/2011

s can deprive the baby of oxygen needed for healthy growth and development.

During pregnancy, smoking can cause problems for a woman's own health, including:

  • ectopic pregnancy;
  • vaginal bleeding;
  • placental abruption, in which the placenta peels away, partially or almost completely, from the uterine wall before delivery;
  • placenta previa, a low-lying placenta that covers part or all of the opening of the uterus.

Smoking is also known to cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, gum disease and eye diseases that can lead to blindness.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
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914-997-4286
March of Dimes Foundation
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