Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

1 IN 7 MUMS-TO-BE ARE REFUSING TO QUIT CIGS ; Shock Figures Reveal 14 per Cent of Pregnant Women in Our Region Smoked While Carrying Their Babies

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

1 IN 7 MUMS-TO-BE ARE REFUSING TO QUIT CIGS ; Shock Figures Reveal 14 per Cent of Pregnant Women in Our Region Smoked While Carrying Their Babies

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ONE in seven mumsto-be in Greater Manchester are continuing to smoke while pregnant.

Figures show almost 14 per cent of pregnant women in the area smoked throughout their pregnancies last year.

The effects of smoking while pregnant include a greater chance of miscarriage or premature birth, low birth weight and even stillbirth.

Health bosses say the sooner a woman stops smoking the better, but add that it is never too late as even stopping for the last few weeks of pregnancy would benefit both mother and baby.

Carly Bickerdyke, from Stalybridge, and Hayley Smith, from Ashton, both smoked while expecting.

Mum-of-three Carly, 27, smoked 15 cigarettes a day during her first two pregnancies but stopped during her third as it made her sick. She said: "I didn't try to stop with my first two pregnancies. The midwife told me to try and stop but I felt I couldn't at the time.

"During my third pregnancy every time I had a cigarette I was sick so I went to the doctors to get patches and they made me sick too, so I went cold turkey and did it by myself. I haven't smoked for four years this October."

Carly, a full-time mum, said she had 'some worries' about the health impact of smoking while pregnant but added: "I was young and stupid and I thought I knew best."

She says her children Mason, Ruby and Alfie - who weighed 6lb 5oz, 6lb 3oz and 6lb 11oz - were all 'happy and healthy.' Women in Tameside and Glossop were the most likely to smoke while pregnant, with more than one in six (17.7pc) doing so in 2014-15.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Trafford and Central Manchester were the only two in Greater Manchester to be lower than the 11pc target, with 8.3pc and 6.9pc respectively.

The figure for Greater Manchester mums-to-be is an improvement of 0.7pc compared to the 14.4pc who smoked in 2013-14 but is still some way off the target. …

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