The Risks of Smoking During Pregnancy

If you’re a smoker or know a smoker who is pregnant, you need to consider all the risks and research done on continuing to smoke during pregnancy. It is also well known that it is a hard habit to break! Just like any other addiction, not smoking will take time to adjust too and possibly some outside support from family and your medical provider. However, it’s crucial for the health of your baby to stop smoking immediately. You may know someone who smoked during their pregnancy and see that the baby was born just fine. However, the risks of smoking during pregnancy are not something to mess around with. It is not a risk that should be taken.

According to the March of Dimes, smoking during pregnancy puts your baby at much higher risks for many complications during pregnancy and after birth. During pregnancy, women who smoke are more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy, vaginal bleeding, placenta eruption, placenta previa or a stillbirth. Babies who’s mothers have smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be born premature, have a low birth weight, and some serious birth defects such as cleft lip or palate, vision problems, heart defects, limb reductions and other complications. Even secondhand smoke during pregnancy can cause low birth weight, which should alert all pregnant women to how serious the issue of smoking and pregnancy is. 

If you’re a woman who is smoking and are pregnant, you need to ask yourself if the risks are really worth continuing the habit. There are many programs to assist with smoking cessation. Smoking also leads to serious health complications for the smoker including cancers, heart disease and strokes. All are compelling reasons for women to consider kicking the butt!

 

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