A concerning number of Queensland women are continuing to smoke during pregnancy - concerning medical professionals.
The latest data shows Queensland women who are smoking during pregnancy is above the national average, hitting 12.4 per cent. The national average is 10.4 per cent.
Executive Director of Queensland Health’s Preventative Health Branch Kaye Pulsford said while there was a steady decline in the number of mothers-to-be who smoked, the statistics were concerning.
Women who smoke during pregnancy are at an increased risk of a wide range of issues, including, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and premature labour. While babies, whose mothers smoke during pregnancy are higher risk of SIDS, having weaker lungs and having a low birth weight leaving them more vulnerable to infection and long term health issues.