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NRT not a stillbirth risk

The use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of stillbirth, according to Danish study.

Data were collected from a total of 87,032 pregnancies found a total of 495 pregnancies - 5.7 of every 1,000 births - ended in stillbirth. Eight of these were among NRT users - 4.2 in every 1,000 births.

Overall, smoking during pregnancy was associated with a 46% increased risk of stillbirth regardless of whether NRT was used.

Researchers say the lower stillbirth rate among users of NRT could be because these women were healthier during their pregnancy than those who continued to smoke heavily.

BJOG. 2008; 115: 1405-10

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