Smoking during pregnancy can affect you as well as your baby’s health. The carbon monoxide, nicotine and different other poisons you inhale from cigarette get carried by the bloodstream passing on directly to the baby. Smoking while pregnant actually:
- Lowers the amount of O2 available to the pregnant mother as well as the growing baby
- Increases the heart rate of the baby
- Rises the chances of stillbirth and miscarriage
- Adds to the risk that the baby may be born prematurely or with low weight
- Increase the risk of developing long problems in the baby
- Intensifies the risk of birth defects
- Increases the risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
The more the cigarettes you smoke per day, the more will the chances of developing these in your baby occur resulting in health problems. But you also need to keep one more thing in your mind-there is particularly no safe smoking level when you are pregnant.
Secondhand smoking affects pregnant mothers as well the unborn children as well. The smoke which burns off the end of a cigar typically contains harmful substances than the smoke inhaled by smoker. If you’re exposed often to secondhand smoke when pregnant, you will be exposed more to having a stillbirth, miscarriage, tubal pregnancy and such other complications. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke may even develop allergies, asthma, more frequent ear and lung infections and a high risk for SIDS.
So, you should quit smoking before pregnancy. Here are a few tips, which may help you do so.
- Hide your lighters, matches and ashtrays
- Ask people who smoke not to smoke in front of you
- Avoid drinking alcohol and drink very little caffeinated beverages
- Keep gum or mints on your hand for all those time when you feel like smoking
- Opt for an acupuncture treatment for nicotine and smoking withdrawals. It is one of the most popular pregnancy support treatments in Northern Beaches.