As mentioned in the preceding article on obesity and pregnancy, a lot of pregnancies, though happy events, may occur without any planning on the part of the mothers-to-be. In fact, in the UK, as of 2004, about 40% of all pregnancies were unplanned and the number is thought to have increased since then. In the US, about 49% are considered unintended pregnancy.
So bearing all this in mind, a lady may be a smoker and discover that she is now pregnant. It may be a happy event but the thought of giving up tobacco smoking when she may feel like throwing up all the time is probably not appealing to her.
A lot of women do try and some do succeed and all of these women are to be commended for seeking to put the needs of the unborn child first because as you will read later, there is no doubt of the benefits to the child.