HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Dr. Eleanor Murray is 34 weeks along with her 2nd child. As a OB/GYN she tells patients to stop smoking when they are pregnant, and to stay away from second-hand smoke. "You try to avoid it because as a pregnant mom you're responsible for avoiding bad things during the pregnancy with your child, your unborn child."
The new study backs that up. 51% of those studied were non-smokers.
Murray said it's just more evidence that pregnancy and cigarettes don't mix. "I think it has been well studied and shown that second-hand smoke, even in the setting of clothing, or not even direct exposure still has some of that 2,500 toxins we know are in cigarettes."
The study basically confirmed what everyone has already known for years, but if you have a spouse who smokes, and you're pregnant, the next time you visit the doctor, you may end up getting a reminder.
Jacquelyn Stone is also a doctor with OB/GYN Associates. She said the study is something doctors can use for the benefit of their patients. "It shows that being around second-hand smoke, in addition to smoking yourself, can effect your rates of abnormal pregnancy outcomes including miscarriage and still birth." She said there are other medical concerns for the unborn baby. "It increases bad health outcomes for the baby, including ear infections, allergies, asthma, and an increased risk of sids for the baby."
"It's not ok just to smoke outside. Your significant other and your children are still going to be exposed," added Stone.
The longer the non-smoking women were exposed to smoke, the greater the risk.