Many Women Smoke During Pregnancy in Marathon County

Pregnant Smoking

Pregnant woman smoking a cigarette

Experts in Marathon County are sharing some shocking news about the number of women using tobacco during pregnancy. The data, from the Marathon County Life Report, says almost a fifth of women who give birth in the county use tobacco.

“The state rate for pregnant women who smoke is quite high, but in Marathon County we even have a higer rate than the state,” says Public Health Educator, Renee Trowbridge. “But yeah when you see a pregnant woman smoking that just goes to show how strong the addiction is.”

Tobacco smoking and pregnancy is related to many effects on health and reproduction, in addition to the general health effects of tobacco. Pregnancy is about creating a new life, but ultimately it is the mother’s decision whether or not to continue smoking. Smoking during the first four months of pregnancy does the unborn baby no harm, a new study claims today.

Middle-class women who smoke in early pregnancy do almost no harm to their unborn baby, researchers claimed last night.

Only women from poorer backgrounds damage their babies by smoking, because they tend to combine it with alcohol and a poor diet.

Experts say babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have a low birth weight as well as a cleft lip.

The report also points out that for every smoker who quits, Wisconsin saves over $1,600 in Medicaid and other healthcare costs.

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