Primigravida smokers do it all again

Women who smoke in their first pregnancy are likely to continue to puff away in subsequent pregnancies even if they experienced a poor outcome initially, Australian research shows.

A study of more than 183,000 women in NSW found that of those who smoked during their first pregnancy only one third had quit by their second. Even smokers whose first baby was stillborn found it hard to give up with just 38% managing to break their habit by the second pregnancy.

Those most likely to