Smoking is never good for anyone and there is never a right time, age or gender to smoke. When you are pregnant and you smoke, you are not only harming yourself but also the little life living inside you. You are not only responsible for yourself but also the one who is completely dependent on you. Here is how smoking affects you and your unborn child:
Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are especially vulnerable to asthma and have more risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Heart Defect At Birth
Babies whose mothers smoked in the first trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have a heart defect at birth.
One pack a day during your pregnancy can take away about half a pound from your unborn child’s weight. Stunting a baby’s growth in the womb can have negative consequences that can last for a lifetime.
Relatively Low IQs
Children of pregnant smokers are much more likely to have learning disorders, behavioural problems and relatively low IQs.
Increases Your Baby’s Heart Rate
Smoking during pregnancy lowers the amount of oxygen available to you and your unborn baby. It increases your baby’s heart rate and other birth defects.
It increases your chances of miscarriage and still birth and your baby’s risk of developing respiratory problems.
IN FACT Smoking before pregnancy is dangerous too. It can reduce your chances of getting pregnant. Smoking is known to reduce fertility in both men and women.
There is no safe level or amount of smoking. Every cigarette you smoke transfers harmful chemicals to your kid while damaging your health. If you haven’t quit yet, do it now. Quitting at any time during pregnancy is likely to reduce the bad effects and risks you are putting your baby at. Remember, it’s not only about you; it’s about another life that is totally dependent on you. You cannot do this to him. You cannot do this to yourself.
Quit smoking, start living!