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A study from Adelaide University has found smoking marijuana around the time of pregnancy more than doubles the chance of a premature birth.

Researchers have released the results of a study into risk factors that affect a woman's likelihood of going into early labour - including smoking marijuana before conception.

It is widely known that smoking cannabis during pregnancy increases the risk of giving birth before 37 weeks, but Professor Claire Roberts from Adelaide University's Robinson Institute says this study is the first to recognise that smoking the drug before conception also has an effect.

"If you think about it, a pregnancy starts with an egg meeting a sperm and the quality or the health of your eggs is going to depend a lot on what you did prior to conception," she said.
Audio: Premature birth risk factors identified (PM)

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Added: Jul-18-2012 Occurred On: Jul-18-2012
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