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10 Things To Avoid When You're Pregnant

Pregnancy expert shares her list of don'ts to avoid health risks for you and your baby.
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1. Tobacco smoke

Maternal smoking can lead to pregnancy complications such as premature birth, low birth weight, pre-eclampsia, miscarriage or stillbirth. It also greatly increases your baby's risk of having asthma, learning difficulties, heart defects, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Even second-hand smoke should be avoided. "Cigarettes contain thousands of toxic chemicals, all of which are harmful to a developing baby as they can cross the placenta," explains Alison Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University.

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