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Study: 1 in 5 Pregnant White Women Smoke Cigarettes

Study: 1 in 5 Pregnant White Women Smoke Cigarettes

May 17, 2012
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In the past 30 days of your pregnancy you might have given in to some strange food cravings—pickles with peanut butter or breakfast for dinner—but a new study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that in the past 30 days, one in five white women have indulged in their nicotine craving. Of these women, ages 15 to 44 years old, 21.8 percent smoked cigarettes, ScienceDaily reports.

Plus: Study: Smoking During Pregnancy Linked With Specific Birth Defects

The study looked at statistics from 67,500 black, white and Hispanic pregnant women across the country, and while white women were more likely to smoke (21.8%, versus 14.2% and 6.2% of black and Hispanic women, respectively), black women were more likely to use drugs (7.7% compared to 4.4% for white and 3.1% for Hispanic). Black and white women were about equal when it came to alcohol use (12.8% vs. 12.2%) and Hispanic women were the overall the least likely drink, smoke or use drugs while pregnant. 

Plus: Pregnant Woman Kicked Out of Bar

This high number of pregnant smokers is shocking, as SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde reminds, “when pregnant women use alcohol, tobacco, or illicit substances they are risking health problems for themselves and poor birth outcomes for their babies.”  Understanding that women of various racial and ethnic backgrounds may have different views of nicotine, alcohol and drug use during pregnancy may help medical professionals improve how they message diverse groups of women about avoiding these substances during pregnancy.

Plus: Study: No Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

Were these numbers higher than you expected? Did you have trouble cutting out drinking or smoking when you were pregnant?

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by on May. 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM
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Harris06
by Megan on May. 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I've heard that too but not sure how I feel about that one.

Quoting afwifey4510:

Actually doctors say don't quit smoking while pregnant, just reduce it. Quitting smoking while pregnant creates stress on the baby.


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countrymomma81
by on May. 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

I don't smoke. I never did and I never will. 

nngmommy83
by on May. 30, 2012 at 2:35 AM
Wow, I'm surprised
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nngmommy83
by on May. 30, 2012 at 2:36 AM
Really? I've never heard this


Quoting afwifey4510:

Actually doctors say don't quit smoking while pregnant, just reduce it. Quitting smoking while pregnant creates stress on the baby.

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Mentholmom
by on May. 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

 I was a smoker through all three of my pregnancies and none of my children were affected by it in any way.  I know from my experience and the experiences of others is that a healthy pregnancy is all about getting plenty of rest and having a positive attitude.   Being happy and content goes a long way in the health of a child. 

I also read that among expectant mothers who smoke, only about 20% chose to quit all together and another 50% chose to cut down.  I did cut down.  So in real numbers, that article stated that about 400,000 expectant mothers have been smoking in each of the studies they conducted the last 4 years which indicates that the numbers haven't decreased. 

kaidansmylife
by Stacie on May. 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM
Shame.
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deccaf
by on May. 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Since we PLANNED our baby, I quit smoking before even beginning to try.  It was not hard to quit.

Audreesmommy757
by Diana lynn on May. 30, 2012 at 8:17 PM

i dont smoke...never will....this is shocking

Audreesmommy757
by Diana lynn on May. 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

my mom smoked with all her pregnancies and we all have lung problems....

Quoting Mentholmom:

 I was a smoker through all three of my pregnancies and none of my children were affected by it in any way.  I know from my experience and the experiences of others is that a healthy pregnancy is all about getting plenty of rest and having a positive attitude.   Being happy and content goes a long way in the health of a child. 

I also read that among expectant mothers who smoke, only about 20% chose to quit all together and another 50% chose to cut down.  I did cut down.  So in real numbers, that article stated that about 400,000 expectant mothers have been smoking in each of the studies they conducted the last 4 years which indicates that the numbers haven't decreased. 


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