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Smoking While Pregnant

Smoking while pregnant increases the possibility of stillbirth, miscarriage, and low birth weight. Every time you smoke during pregnancy, you put your baby’s health at risk.

It increases the risks of complications and birth defects. 

How Does Smoking Affect The Baby During Pregnancy?

Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby’s health before, during, and after your baby is born.

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing compounds and 400 other toxins. 

The chemicals include nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and DDT. Smoking while pregnant reduces the oxygen supply to the baby. 

You should avoid smoking while breastfeeding to protect the baby from harmful substances. 

What Are The Risks of Smoking During The First Trimester?

Smoking during any stage in pregnancy is damaging for the baby development. The risk of smoking while pregnant in the first trimester is a lot more dangerous due to the development of the baby.

The first trimester the baby is going over the most important developmental changes of the organs. Smoking can lead to serious organ defects and problems with development. 

What Are The Potential Side Effects of Smoking Cigarettes While Pregnant?

Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk of: 

  • Birth defects
  • Miscarriage and stillbirth
  • Preterm labor
  • Placenta abruption
  • Placenta previa
  • A low birth weight 
  • Reduced lung capacity
  • Ear infection
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Colic

Long Term Effects

  • Vision problems
  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Learning disorder
  • Cleft lip
  • Childhood obesity
  • Growth retardation

Maternal Complications

  • Placental abruption
  • Pre-term labor
  • Miscarriage
  • Extreme vaginal bleeding
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Premature rupture of the membranes

What Are The Benefits of Quitting Smoking When Pregnant?

There are many benefits of quitting smoking when pregnant: 

  • Less morning sickness
  • Improved sense of taste and smell
  • Easier labor and delivery
  • Augmented strength and energy

How Does Secondhand Smoking Affect Pregnancy?

Second-hand smoke and pregnancy are two things that do not go together.  Even if you don’t smoke when you’re pregnant, just being around smokers, can increase the risk of harming your future baby.

Exposure to second-hand smoke amplifies the risk of: 

  • Heart diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema

Second-hand smoke and pregnancy are two things that do not go together. Even if you don’t smoke when you’re pregnant, just being around smokers, can increase the risk of harming your future baby. Exposure to second-hand smoke amplifies the risk of: 

  • Heart diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema

How to quit smoking while pregnant?

  • You could try going cold turkey or cut down gradually
  • Many people use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid places where others will be smoking 
  • Keep your mouth busy chewing gum
  • Keep yourself occupied

Does Smoking Affect The Changes of Getting Pregnant?

Many experts show that smoking has an antagonistic effect on female fertility. You can also have difficulty in conceiving compared to non-smokers. 

Is Smoking While Pregnant Illegal

No smoking in pregnancy is not illegal in the US. 

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