What you need to know about treating pregnant smokers

A practical guide to nicotine replacement therapy


smoking pregnant woman

It's good practice to prescribe nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for pregnant women who are struggling to stop smoking, say tobacco treatment specialists.

Yet they report low levels of prescribing, citing a survey of GPs and obstetricians that found a quarter never prescribe NRT during pregnancy.

They write in the Medical Journal of Australia that Australian and New Zealand guidelines recommend NRT in pregnancy, but these and other guidelines from around the world give mixed