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Health Tip: The Risks of Smoking While Pregnant

(HealthDay News) — Smoking can cause serious complications during pregnancy, and can cause life-threatening problems for a baby.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists these complications — for mother and child — that can occur from smoking during pregnancy:

  • Increased difficulty getting pregnant.
  • Increased risk of miscarriage.
  • Increased risk of placental problems, low birth weight and premature delivery.
  • Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Increased risk of heart defects, cleft lip or cleft palate.

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