1. Smoking may trigger diabetes in pregnant women, study finds

    Smoking may trigger diabetes in pregnant women, study finds

    Israeli and US researchers say that smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk of gestational diabetes, which increases the dangers of pregnancy and the chances of birth complications.

    Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop in pregnant women, including those who didn’t already have diabetes. Every year, 2% to 10% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The disease can raise the mother’s risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy, and higher than average-weight babies, which may trigger early and possibly complicated ...

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    1. Due to the high risks involved, it's imperative that pregnant smokers have access to pregnancy-specific smoking cessation programs.
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