Testing women once they are pregnant will lead to the presumption that the risks associated with smoking are only a concern after conception.
Bolton, UK (PRWEB UK) 3 June 2013
This last week plans have been announced to breath test women, to show whether or not they are smoking while pregnant. (1). While there are significant health benefits associated with giving up smoking while pregnant, unfortunately potentially life threatening conditions, such as ectopic pregnancies, are a risk from conception.
It is estimated that one in five women smoke while expecting (1), causing complications in pregnancy and a substantial risk to the child they are carrying. Smoking during pregnancy harms foetal growth and development, with those who smoke three times as likely to have a baby with a low birth weight – a prevalent cause of infant death (2).
Giving up smoking has immediate benefits, benefitting the health of both the mother and the child they are carrying. Harmful gases such as carbon monoxide will clear from the body, but it is important to bear in mind that cigarette smoke can cause problems from conception.
According to the NHS Choices website, Women who smoke are twice as likely to develop an ectopic pregnancy in comparison to non-smokers (2).
Instead of developing within the womb as normal, an ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants elsewhere; often within the fallopian tubes (3). The consequences being, that the egg will not develop as normal, with potentially devastating psychological and physical effects to the mother.
A link has been discovered, providing evidence of a causal relationship between smoking and Ectopic Pregnancies. Scientists found that a chemical in cigarette smoke triggers a reaction within the fallopian tubes, increasing the levels of protein. This protein raises the risk of the egg implanting outside the womb, resulting in an ectopic pregnancy (4).
Asons Executive Laura Williams, commented on the plans:
“It is a worry that testing women once they are pregnant will lead to the presumption that the risks associated with smoking are only a concern after conception. Smoking is a risk factor for ectopic pregnancy; more women should be made aware of this.
If an ectopic pregnancy is not recognised, women can suffer a rupture within their Fallopian tubes. Ruptured ectopic pregnancies have potentially devastating psychological and physical effects, with long term implications associated with future health and fertility.
Asons Solicitors regularly receive enquiries from women wish to make an ectopic pregnancy claim, who have suffered because a medical professional has failed to recognise the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy. It is important that women fully understand the risks associated with smoking, and the link with ectopic pregnancies.”
If you have been affected by a delay in diagnosis or treatment for an ectopic pregnancy you should speak to an experienced medical negligence solicitor. They can provide expert advice whilst building a compelling ectopic pregnancy claim case, to achieve the damages you deserve for your sub-standard care.
For further details contact Asons Solicitors today, they can be reached on: 0844 850 1062 or you can fill out their claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk
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