The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention came out with a report stating that 8.4% of women smoke during pregnancy.
Here are some interesting findings:
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives were the biggest smokers – 18% smoked at least once during pregnancy.
- Smoking ranged from 2% in California to 27% in West Virginia.
- 20% of women who smoked in the 1st and 2nd trimesters quit in the 3rd.
Women who chose to smoke during pregnancy smoked less cigarettes over time: an average of 9 cigarettes per day in the 3rd trimester, compared to 13 per day before pregnancy.
Smoking during pregnancy is associated with many adverse birth outcomes, including preterm birth, low birth weight and birth defects. As such, Healthy People 2020 is hoping to reach a 98% smoking abstinence rate during pregnancy by 2020.