Nicotine gum may help pregnant smokers cut back

October 7, 2008 2:15:47 PM PDT
Many women who smoke may find it difficult to quit when they learn they are pregnant. A new study finds, chewing nicotine gum may not help them stop, but it could help them cut back on cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes raises the risk of having low birthweight babies and delivering prematurely.

In this study in Obstetrics and Gynecology, infants of women who chewed nicotine gum weighed significantly more at birth and were born closer to term.

Despite the findings, scientists recommend against using the gum on a regular basis, since it hasn't been approved for use in pregnant women.