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smoking during pregnancy and how
Smoking while pregnant puts the unborn child at risk and many women know this. The full extent
of the risk, however, may not be known. There are so many possible risks and negative
consequences for the baby whose mother smoked while she was pregnant. Inhaling second hand
smoke can even cause negative effects on your child. So a mother really has to make sure that
she is protecting not only herself, but her baby while she is carrying. There are many safe
methods available to help you quit as well as support systems if you don't have support at home.
Here are only a few of the possible effects smoking while pregnant can have on your child.
If you are pregnant and want help to quit smoking, talk to your prenatal doctor or your family
doctor. There are many various methods and products that are designed to help you quit
smoking. You need to know that some of these quitting aids contain nicotine. Because nicotine
patches send nicotine into your bloodstream, your baby can still absorb it. This is a better option
than inhaling the hundreds of chemicals found in cigarettes but still poses a threat to your baby's
health. Discussing what is best for you with your doctor is your best option. Low birth weight is a
common problem caused by smoking during pregnancy which can cause other issues too. In the
US low birth rates make up more than 20 percent of all babies born. Smoking during pregnancy is
also known to cause preterm labor in some women. One study shows a 14% likelihood of preterm
delivery caused by smoking. One statistic is particularly sad in that even SIDS can be related to
smoking during pregnancy. Even the ALA agrees with this statistic.
A significant number of low birth weight babies are blamed on the mothers addiction to nicotine
during pregnancy there are many additional risks too. You may not realize that a good number of
mental retardation, learning disabilities and even cerebral palsy have been linked to preterm
smoking. Infant death is however the most serious risk. There is no getting around that smoking
during pregnancy has terrible consequences for the baby. It is like the unborn child doesn't even
have a chance when the smoke is thrust upon him or her. Your baby will still be affected if you are
nursing after pregnancy because the nicotine settles in breast milk too. If you are pregnant and
smoking, then we hope you will learn more about how serious this is. Your doctor will have some
great ideas on how to help you stop smoking during your pregnancy even if it feels impossible.
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