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Evidence has shown that women who smoke whilst they are pregnant have a 25% higher risk of giving birth to a stillborn baby. The more cigarettes that are smoked, the higher the risk. There is an 82% chance of giving birth to a baby with a lower birth weight. Many mothers wrongly believe that giving birth to a lighter baby will mean an easier birth, however this is by no means the case. Giving birth to a low-weight baby can bring with it no end of complications and health problems for the child. Low-weight babies can be expected to have severe health problems such as breathing disorders, bronchitis and ear infections especially in the first two years of their life. They are more likely to be admitted into intensive care after being born and could even face being disabled. Some may even die shortly after birth. According to statistics, 20 - 30% of the babies who are born with a low birth weight do so because their mother smoked throughout pregnancy. Giving birth to a low-weight baby may have long-lasting negative effects on the child's growth and development. A premature birth can also result in a low birth weight baby and smoking increases this risk by around 30%. Low-weight babies usually weight around 250 g less than a normal and healthy baby. Newborns who weigh in at less than 5½ pounds could suffer from birth defects such as a cleft lip or a cleft palate. This is more likely if the mother smokes over 20 cigarettes a day. They could even be born with severe disabilities like cerebral palsy or they could have problems with their spinal cord, ears or eyes.
My daughter smoke and plan to have a baby. She claim there is no real scientific real proof that smoking before being pregnant is dangerous to the child. Can someone help me and give a reference to a big ( many persons ) research which does proof it?thank you