Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on December 01, 2011
Keith A. Eddleman, MD. Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine - Mount Sinai Medical Center.
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Dr. Keith Eddleman: Well, if you, you should try to stop cold turkey if you can, but if you can't stop cold turkey, then try to reduce the number of cigarettes. There have definitely been studies shown that if you can't quit, reducing the number of cigarettes that you smoke still improves the outcome, so either try it cold turkey, but if you don't think you can do that, then try to do it gradually and eventually get down as few cigarettes you have to smoke per day.
Narrator: Can I chew the gum or put a patch on?
Dr. Keith Eddleman: Yes, those things are safe during pregnancy.
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