Tobacco use during pregnancy continues to be a significant public health problem. Maternal smoking during pregnancy is a well documented risk factor for LBW infant births. Mothers who smoke are 2× as likely to have a LBW infant, and tobacco use during pregnancy is responsible for 20-30% of all LBW infants. We looked at perinatal outcomes among preterm infants between 24-32 weeks gestation delivered between 1/98012/03 at JCMCH by retrospective chart analysis. (Table)
Among those who died, average GA ˜ 26 weeks; among those exposed to tobacco who died (n = 6), average BW ˜ 664 g, while those unexposed (n = 20), average BW ˜ 806 g. No untoward short-term morbidity associated with antenatal exposure to by-products of maternal tobacco use.
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