The objectives of this study were:1. Investigate the prevalence of cigarettes smokers 2.Estimate their knowledge about the results of the smoking habit of pregnant women on fetus and child. 3. Quantify the newborn’s weight and height of smokers and nonsmokers mothers. 4.Investigate the positive behaviors that mothers could have at home to avoid damage caused by tabacco in their infants and children.
Through a specific questionnaire we have interviewed 255 post partum women.
We have observed that 33.3% of these pregnant women used to smoke in previous pregnancies and 20.9% smoked at actual pregnancy. The average birth height and weight were significantly lower in the group of mothers who smoked. 31.4% of the women had a smoker husband and 9.8% had others smokers at home. The statistical analysis of all smokers have shown that 61% of the newborns were at risk to become passive smokers at home. About 50% of smokers mothers had an intention to smoke out of their home and 73.8% would ask the smokers visitors to smoke out of the house.
Despite of being well informed about the risks, the post partum women had no conscient attitude and positive behavior to reduce their smoking habit.
It is important to emphasize that health professionals should provide all of the pregnant and post partum women with proper information and orientation about the smoking habit and its consequences.
E. Fiss, None.