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Pregnant Teens Picking Up A Dangerous Habit To Keep Their Babies Small

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Growing a human is hard work. From the morning sickness, to needing a new wardrobe, to the aches and pains, pregnancy can be far from the beautiful picture that everyone describes.

Giving birth is not only the end for your 40 week journey, but is something a lot of women dread. From the pain of contractions to the fear of all the things that could go wrong, rarely women get that "Hollywood birth" that they are hoping for.

This fear of giving birth has lead to an unsafe practice among pregnant teens that has the intention of stunting fetal growth.

“Some had even taken it up for the first time for that very reason, and some smoked harder, hoping the promise on the packet would come true. If you smoked more, you could make it better. I was really struck by that,” says associate professor Simone Dennis, of the Australian National University.

A 10-year study from Australian National University shows that pregnant teen moms are so scared of labor and what it will do to their bodies that they've taken up smoking to reduce the weight of their unborn children.

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