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Nicotine Patches

I've given up smoking and am planning to get pregnant. Would I be putting my baby at risk if I become pregnant while using a nicotine patch?

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First off, congratulations on giving up smoking. The hazards of tobacco use during pregnancy--including low birth weight and preterm labor--are well-established. There has not been a great deal of research done about the safety of nicotine-replacement products in pregnant women. I therefore agree with the majority of physicians who vigorously recommend that smoking-cessation products such as gum and patches be discontinued during pregnancy. Knowing that you are making a significant, positive impact on your baby's health is the greatest possible incentive to stop using the nicotine patch before conceiving.

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From <i>Pregnancy Q&A</i> by Connnie Agnew, M.D., August/September 2004

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