Can You Chew Nicorette While Pregnant?

If you want to quit smoking and are pregnant, you may be wondering if you can chew Nicorette® Gum (nicotine gum). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Nicorette Gum as a pregnancy Category C medicine, which means it may not be safe for use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown that nicotine increases the risk for problems in the offspring, such as bone problems, breathing problems, and low blood pressure. Women who smoke while pregnant have a greater risk for miscarriage, preterm delivery, and having a baby with low birth weight. Smoking after giving birth has been associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
However, using Nicorette Gum is considered safer than smoking during pregnancy. It is generally recommended that women first try to quit smoking without using a nicotine replacement medicine.
(Click Nicorette Gum and Pregnancy for more details on whether you can chew Nicorette Gum while pregnant. This eMedTV article provides an explanation of the possible problems that may occur if you smoke or use this gum during pregnancy.)
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