The Effects of Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy on Newborn Weight

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Caldwell, Addison
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Smoking is known to wreak havoc on the human body and has been established as a health and pregnancy risk factor for decades (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2023). Smoking during pregnancy has been proven to increase the risk of adverse outcomes to both mother and child. The CDC describes these outcomes, such as delayed fetal development, premature birth, birth defects, and abnormal bleeding during delivery (2023). This study investigated the relationship between maternal smoking during pregnancy and newborn weight. Research was conducted via a retrospective chart review of 60 mothers admitted to the labor and delivery unit of an acute care facility in western North Carolina along with each mothers’ newborn. The mothers included in this study were ages 18 to 35 with 50% having smoked during pregnancy and 50% that did not.