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September 6th, 2013

Almost everyone realises that harmful lifestyle choices such as smoking are not the way to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

However new research has shown smoking can be even more lethal during pregnancy when practised by people with the illness asthma.

A study conducted by the University of Adelaide, to be printed in the European Respiratory Journal, found that women who smoke and have asthma while pregnant are at an even greater chance of developing complications in themselves and their baby.

"Asthma and smoking are separately linked during pregnancy to increased risk of bleeding from the birth canal before labour, urinary tract infections, premature rupture of membranes, low birth weight and preterm birth (less than 37 weeks of pregnancy)," said Dr Nicolette Hodyl in a September 5 press release.

"The combination of asthma and smoking greatly increases the risk of these complications during pregnancy."

Women who are asthmatic or smokers are already at greater risk of preterm births than those who aren't. However combining the two traits increases this rate even more to 12.7 per cent, over double the normal rate.

Dr Hodyl urges parents to realise the seriousness of the situation when it comes to their own health and that of their child. She also acknowledged the difficulty of quitting smoking, especially during pregnancy, and therefore advocates for more support from family, friends and health professionals in doing so.


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