More than 25 percent of new mothers who delivered at Grimsby’s hospital said that they smoked while pregnant.
Smoking during pregnancy can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, respiratory problems, poor intellectual development and even miscarriage.
But 26.1% of the women who gave birth at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital between April 2011 and March 2012, have admitted smoking in pregnancy – almost double the national average of 13.6 %.
The problem is considered to be worse in the least affluent rooms of North East Lincolnshire – in some of them, 1 in 3 new mums said that they were smoking every day.
Isobel Duckworth, Locum Consultant in Public Health at North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus, said that North East Lincolnshire is estimated having the highest rates of smoking during pregnancy in England with around a 25% of women smoking during their pregnancy.
She said that smoking put babies at threat, increases risks not only of premature birth, but also of miscarriage or low birth weight. She added that it is a trouble to them that the majority of mum-to-be continue smoking during their pregnancy despite the high risks that this is a risk to both themselves and their future child.
Isobel Duckworth said that everybody wants their baby to be healthy, so it is necessary only give up smoking during pregnancy.
“It is as well important for them not to smoking at home once the baby has been born, to defend the child from the risky effects of secondhand smoke and third-hand smoke that is considered to be the tobacco smoke in a form of residue on the clothes of smokers.”
Tobacco smoking can be a cause of respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis.
One new mum from Grimsby said that she knows that she should not allow smoking during pregnancy but it is very difficult to stop when you are a smoker.
She was smoking nearly 20 cigarettes per day before she fell pregnant and reduced the number of smoked cigarettes to nearly 3 or 4 per day.
She said that doctors insisted on quitting smoking, she tried but could not quit altogether.
Now she is a mum and goes out for smoking in order not to smoke at home.
Trevor Parkin, Tobacco Alliance Co-ordinator for North East Lincolnshire, said that however the number of women smoking during pregnancy is reducing little by little.
The Care Trust Plus did not reveal which of the least affluent rooms were affected.
Blackpool is the worst affected area in the UK where 29.7% of pregnant women don’t quit smoking, and the least affected is Westminster, where 2.9% of mums-to-be smoke.