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Why do I need to stop smoking and drinking if I am over 35 and pregnant with twins?

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Like all pregnant woman, you should not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes during your pregnancy. Drinking alcohol increases your babies' risk for mental retardation and birth defects. Smoking increases the chance for delivering premature and low birth weight babies, which is more common in older women. Not smoking can also help prevent preeclampsia.

From: Twins Pregnancy After 35 WebMD Medical Reference

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Later Childbearing;" "Screening for Birth Defects;" "Reducing Your Risk of Birth Defects;" and "Routine Tests in Pregnancy."

March of Dimes: "A Mommy After 35" and "Overweight and Obesity During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Later Childbearing;" "Screening for Birth Defects;" "Reducing Your Risk of Birth Defects;" and "Routine Tests in Pregnancy."

March of Dimes: "A Mommy After 35" and "Overweight and Obesity During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

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