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Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy Remains Optimal for Health: Study 

United States:  In the latest finding, it is revealed that pregnant women sometimes refuse to stop smoking because their concern is that weight gain after they stop smoking might harm them or their innocent child. 

The study performed recently, though, showed that the health benefits of giving up smoking are far more advanced than any weight worries. 

Quitting smoking gains people weight – Experts 

Smoking cigarettes reduces weight, and it’s very common that if someone decides to quit cigarettes, they’ll surely gain weight. Even that can be minimized, said a team lead by Morgan Dunn, a final year obstetrics and gynecology living at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. 

“We recommend that doctors advise patients to quit while offering nutrition counseling that might minimize the weight gain,” she said in a Rutgers news release. This study was posted recently in the journal named Hypertension. 

How did the experts conduct the study? 

Dunn’s group has collected data on health outcomes in over 22 million pregnancies, and they found a rise in very harmful Hypertension among women in pregnancy who stopped smoking cigarettes. 

The shocking thing is that this Hypertension occurred in 6.8 percent of pregnancies to women who don’t smoke and 8.6 percent of pregnancies for women who quit smoking when they got to know that they were pregnant. The percentage even rose higher to 17 percent among the women who quit smoking, and they gained weight that exceeded recommended levels, Dunn’s team found. 

These studies helps to find the stats and numbers so that we can have the better information and it also finds out that the risk was even reduced for the former smokers of getting high blood pressure during their pregnancy by reducing risks in other areas. 

One more study that was provided by the Rutgers group found that quitting smoking cut a woman’s odds for stillbirth by 80 percent, and it also reduced the chances for women to deliver a premature baby, bringing it to a level that was nearly equal to that of nonsmokers. 

“We recommend that doctors advise patients to quit while offering nutrition counseling that might minimize the weight gain,” she said in a Rutgers news release. 

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