Pregnant women smoke to reduce the size of their babies
Some women choose to smoke during pregnancy to reduce the size of their baby and thus reduce birth pains, reported the Australian Medical Association.
Such shocking reports of women willing to risk the health and lives of their unborn children have outraged doctors. Women are reportedly ignoring medical advice on the harmful effects of smoking, saying they will do anything to relieve the pain of childbirth. "One yelled 'yippee' when told her baby would be smaller if she didn't give up smoking," a medical source said. "Another said she didn't want to give up smoking because she would put on weight and she was going to be big enough from the pregnancy." AMA president Dr David Brand told the Herald Sun women who deliberately smoked during pregnancy were criminally irresponsible. He warned they were opening themselves up to being sued by their children. "Given the proven relationship between smoking and problems with babies, if those sorts of things happen it would be an appalling outcome but I think children could seek some sort of action in court," Dr Brand said.