HSCIC: Smoking while pregnant on the decline

25 May 2012

Many women are still smoking during their pregnancy, though the number of people stamping out the habit at the time of delivery has dropped.

These are the main findings of a new study which has been carried out as part of the NHS's Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England, Quarter 4, 2011/12 report.

According to the figures, more than one in eight women across England consider themselves as being a smoker at the time that they give birth.

However, the number of pregnant women who still smoke at the time that they go into labour has dropped from around 90,900 in 2006/07 to an estimated 87,700 in 2011/12.

Tim Straughan, the chief executive of HSCIC – previously known as the NHS Information Centre – commented: "[The report] shows a general reduction over time in the percentage of women who still smoke when their baby is born, with an evident north-south divide."

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London, recently warned that pregnant women who adopt the notion of 'eating for two' when carrying their unborn baby are at risk of gaining too much weight by the time of delivery.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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