Smoking During Pregnancy
A healthy start in life begins during pregnancy. Maternal smoking diminishes that good start. Babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from low birthweight and premature birth. Infant death and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are also more common when a mother smokes, as are birth defects such as cleft lip and palate. When a woman quits smoking during pregnancy, especially if she quits early in the pregnancy, infant health benefits.