Teratology Studies 2015-01-13T15:12:14+00:00 Francesca Baccino Open Journal Systems <p><strong>Teratology Studies</strong> is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online-only journal publishing researches about the whole field of birth defects and abnormalities of physiological development. The primary intent of the journal will be to rapidly publish clinically relevant information that will directly improve the care of patients. Basic science and experimental studies of interest to those treating disorders will also be considered for publication when relevant. Our journal publishes Editorials, Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Reports and Letters to the Editor.</p> The impact of smoking on infertility, pregnancy outcomes and fetal development 2015-01-13T15:12:14+00:00 Mohammed Hamad Khaled Refaat Constanze Fischer-Hammadeh Mohamad Eid Hammadeh Maternal smoking during pregnancy is one of the main causes of pregnancy complications and is correlated with poorer outcomes compared to pregnancy without smoking. Maternal smoking is associated with a statistically significant increase in the risks of placental abruption, placenta praevia, ectopic pregnancy and preterm pre-labor rupture of membranes. In addition, maternal smoking during pregnancy correlated with higher rates of low birth weight, perinatal mortality, and premature birth, as well as complications in respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems in childhood. Active and passive smoking of pregnant mothers seems to be one of the causative agents for these and other negative effects on both mothers and their infants. Physicians should clarify these hazardous effects to pregnant women and strongly advise them to quit smoking as soon as possible. Women who continue to smoke during pregnancy should be considered a high-risk pregnancy. 2012-02-28T10:28:44+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##