The tests could be “helpful” in reducing smoking during pregnancy, said the RCM’s Chief Executive Cathy Warwick in a statement, but she said it was crucial that women are able to opt out.
It is believed that 21 per cent of women smoke while pregnant.
“Smoking can cause complications in pregnancy and labour, including ectopic pregnancy, bleeding during pregnancy, premature detachment of the placenta and premature rupture of the membranes,” said the Nice draft guidance.
“The health risks for babies of mothers who smoke are substantial.”
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@channel4news Ridiculous. Just another way to guilt expectant mothers. Education & support way more important.