Pregnant women in Weymouth smoking during pregnancy

Pregnant women in Weymouth smoking during pregnancy

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:43am 29th October 2019.

A Weymouth programme to screen pregnant mums shows that only half of those who smoked stopped during pregnancy.

Of those who did quit the majority continued not to smoke, although almost one in three went back to smoking after giving birth.

The figures come from a pilot project in the town involving 102 volunteers in a carbon monoxide screening trial, which detects smoking.

Findings from the study will be used by the holder of a Smoking in Pregnancy Lead post to guide maternity services on good practice.

woman smoking

Figures being presented to Wednesday’s (30 October) Dorset health and wellbeing board say that of the 102 screened – 32 per cent were smokers prior to pregnancy; 49% of those who had smoked had given up in pregnancy and, of those, 69% remained quit.

The service will also be assessing other local and regional prevention work under the ‘Better Births’ programme and making recommendations on priorities, gaps in service and good practice which should be shared.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter