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Smoking and PregnancyMother holdin baby.

Every woman should be thinking about her health, whether or not she wants to get pregnant. All women should quit smoking and avoid other harmful substances.

Since over half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are not planned, women need to avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking that could harm an unborn baby.

Smoking during pregnancy is the single most preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and infants. Research shows that smoking during pregnancy may cause

· Pregnancy complications
· Premature birth
· Low-birth-weight babies
· Stillbirth
· Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

It is also important for others who smoke to stop smoking around pregnant women to avoid the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

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Contact Information:
James Allen, MPH, Cessation Systems Coordinator
The Center for the Advancement of Wellness
The Oklahioma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-3619, E-mail: James Allen

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