It is shocking to see a pregnant woman smoking during pregnancy. Many smokers believe that “It’s just a cigarette. What could be so bad?”. But we should keep in mind that smoking during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born too early and also cause low birth weight—making it more likely the baby will be sick and have to take care or hospitalize for longer.
Experts warned that smoking during pregnancy is extremely harmful to both mother and especially for children. Abnormal development, malformations, respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and asthma are just some of the negative effects smoking can have on the child of a smoker.
Cigarette smoke contains at least 2,500 chemicals. Although many of these are harmful, the main “enemy” is carbon dioxide. This prevents proper blood circulation, thereby having the effect of poor oxygenation.
Substances introduced in the mother lead to a low level of oxygen in the blood, and vessels in the uterus and placenta (the organ that connects mother and child, providing it with nutrients and oxygen) are narrowed.
Also, if you want to get pregnant, you should know that smoking can hinder your desire to become a mother: In the process of fetal development or the baby is exposed to the harmful effects of tobacco, being a ‘passive smoking’.
First, his chances of being designed to diminish significantly if one partner smokes. Fertility is much lower in smokers. Then, if conception has occurred, however, the risk of ectopic pregnancy are to be higher than in nonsmokers. The risk of miscarriage is increased, as well as for intrauterine death for those who smoke during pregnancy.
It was found that the incidence of malformations is higher in fetuses subjected to toxins in cigarette smoke and their risk of being born prematurely is higher. Children born to smoking mothers often weigh less are more prone to various respiratory diseases (pneumonia, asthma, etc.) and some studies suggest even the presence of mental and behavioral changes.
Still, smokers should not despair: giving up smoking as early during pregnancy increases the chance of being a healthy baby.
Of course, besides a lot of will, partner support is needed, the family, which should encourage pregnantly, to beware of a temptation (it’s a good time for both partners to quit smoking), to sustain the big effort that is annihilation this addiction.
Smoking during pregnancy is totally not recommended. Passive smoking is as bad for you and your child such as active. Therefore, try as much as possible to avoid places where people smoke or ask smokers to go away. Please, quit smoking during pregnancy from now before it harms you and your baby any further.