Pregnant Smoking


There is no evidence that any smoking you have done before you became pregnant will harm the development of a fetus. However smoking while you are pregnant can be extremely hazardous especially after the third month. Smoking during a pregnancy has been associated with over 115,000 miscarriages and approximately 5, 500 infant deaths each year. It may also increase your risks for many different complications during your pregnancy. Some of these complications from pregnant smoking include vaginal bleeding, ectopic pregnancy, abnormal placental implantation, premature placental detachment, premature rupture of the membranes, and premature delivery. Some direct effects of smoking on your baby could be low birth weight, shorter length, smaller head circumference, and a cleft palate or cleft lip. Babies of smoking mothers are especially prone to various respiratory diseases, ear infections, colic, food allergies, asthma, short stature, and behavioral problems including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Some of these problems will stay with the baby throughout their whole lives, and many may end up having a shorter life span due to these problems.

It is estimated that around thirteen percent of pregnant women are engaging in pregnant smoking and putting their health at risk as well as the baby that is developing inside of her womb. There are many people that feel if all pregnant women quit pregnant smoking the infancy mortality rate would increase by around ten percent. Being pregnant also brings a lot of stress so it is hard for a mother who is a smoker quitting when she becomes pregnant, and this is a reason to seek help to rid yourself of the addiction to help protect your health and the health of your baby. Nothing should be more important than having a healthy baby and giving your baby a chance to grow up without having to deal with the problems that your addiction may cause if you cannot give it up. Pregnancy and smoking should never mix and this is something that your doctor will stress to you as well, so talk to the doctor if you are having a hard time quitting and he will be able to get you some assistance and help with quitting during a stressful period of your life.

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