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Teenage smoking in pregnancy and birthweight: a population study, 2001–2004

Elizabeth M Peadon, Carol I Bower and Elizabeth J Elliott
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (4): 237-238.
Published online: 18 August 2008

To the Editor: We concur with Chan and Sullivan regarding the importance of targeting modifiable risk factors, such as smoking during pregnancy, to improve perinatal outcomes.1 Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is another important modifiable risk factor. Alcohol exposure in utero is associated with growth retardation, birth defects, and impaired development and neurological function. Individuals exposed to alcohol in utero may have lifelong medical and psychosocial problems.2

  • Elizabeth M Peadon1,2
  • Carol I Bower3,4
  • Elizabeth J Elliott1,2

  • 1 The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Telethon Institute of Child Health Research, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 4 Western Australian Birth Defects Registry, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth, WA.

Correspondence: elizabe2@chw.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

We acknowledge the support of the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Healthway Promotion Foundation of Western Australia.

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