Exercise may help pregnant smokers quit

September 23, 2008 2:17:11 PM PDT
Pregnant women who want to stop smoking should try exercising, according to a new study that finds physical exertion may help them quit. Scientists writing in the journal BMC Health say the quitting rate was about the same as for people who use nicotine replacement.

There's concern nicotine patches may harm the fetus leaving exercise as a healthy alternative for a pregnant woman.

Nicotine can lead to lower birth weight, higher infant mortality and is linked to learning difficulties and health problems in childhood.