The University of East Anglia’s recent research ‘Postpartum Relapse – a thematic synthesis of quantitate studies’ found that mothers who quit smoking in pregnancy are more likely to take up the habit again when they become stressed.
1,000 women took part in the research, which found that social pressure and sleepless nights contributed to them smoking again after the birth of their child.
It’s also been revealed women who felt they were being supported by their partner were less likely to start smoking again.
The Royal College of Midwives responded to the research’s results. Professional Policy Advisor Janet Fyle said: “Some women stop smoking in pregnancy because they understand the need to protect the baby from the effects of smoking.
“However, some may resume smoking once they have given birth because of a misconception that there is no longer the need to protect the baby.
“This is why we need to tailor messages we give to childbearing women about the effects of smoking. These negative effects not only impact on the fetus (sic) during pregnancy, they also have consequences for the woman’s own health and well-being and that of other children and family members due to passive smoking.”
The research was published in the Addiction journal Thursday 10 September 2015.
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