Think Before You Light That Cigarette!
Do you realize what you doing to your little unborn baby and off-course yourself? When a woman gets pregnant, it is a miracle, the most beautiful thing that can ever happen to you!
Whatever you drink, eat, smoke, or any other activity you perform, while you are pregnant, has a negative effect on your unborn baby. Smoking while pregnant, puts both you and your unborn baby at risk. Many pregnant women still smoke despite the known risks.
It is so unfair to your little baby. You should remember, your baby’s life is in your hands. Soon we understand the harm cigarettes can cause to our babies and ourselves, we will definitely bring more healthy babies into this world.
If you smoke and planning to get pregnant, or are pregnant right now, Please quit. You are going to blame yourself one day, and then it will be too late.
Smoking significantly increases the risk of pregnancy complications, some of which can be fatal for the mother or the baby.
Pregnant? Stop Smoking, It’s Dangerous!
Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby’s health before, during, and after your baby is born. In fact, smoking at any time is dangerous! I personally went through a miscarriage. Although not because of smoking, the loss of a pregnancy is still a tragic event at any stage. It was horrible, devastating, and painful. I have been drained, emotionally, mentally, and physically. So many women go through miscarriages and even stillbirths. On rare occasions, stillbirth occurs after 20 weeks of gestation.
According to the “U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)”, smoking raises the likelihood of both early miscarriage and stillbirth. Cigarettes contain dangerous chemicals that are unhealthy for you and your unborn baby.
Smoking can also lead to other serious complications like problems with the placenta or slow fetal development, which can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
Scientists have discovered, that smokers have higher risks of developing ectopic pregnancies.
The egg implants itself in the fallopian tube instead of the womb in 98% of cases. This can cause the Tube to Rupture and affect a woman’s ability to conceive in the future. The team of the University of Edinburgh found that a chemical in cigarette smoke called cotinine is behind these harmful levels.
Smoking can also cause placenta previa. It is a dangerous situation, where the placenta covers the cervix. It can cause placental abruption. This happens where the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus, denying oxygen to your baby. It increases your risk of preterm birth.
As a smoking pregnant woman, you increase the chances of your baby being born with low birth weight. This condition can lead to many health problems and disabilities, like developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and hearing or vision ailments.
While writing this article, I just realize how much harm we cause our little angels, just because we want to smoke! We are busy killing ourselves and our unborn babies! It’s heartbreaking!
Other common birth defects and problems are congenital heart defects and problems with the structure of the heart, which also increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) There can be long-term health risks for your baby like it can cause your baby to have more colds, lung problems, learning disabilities, and physical growth.
According to the “Mayo Clinic” Smoking during pregnancy can also affect a baby after he or she is born, increasing the risk of:
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Childhood obesity
How Can I Quit Smoking?
Smoking is an addiction. We should support and assist every pregnant woman to stop. Talk to your doctor about medical help. Special programs are also available.
If your partner smokes, talk to him, you probably can quit together, because of the health of your unborn baby. There are always great benefits to you and your little one! Just imagine being free of smoking!
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Try to avoid being in the presence of smokers. Second-hand smoking can lead to more health problems and complications! And if you want to quit, that’s definitely not the right place for you and your unborn baby to be!
Quitting can be a wonderful gift for your baby. Get rid of all the cigarette smells in your house or your clothes, this will help you. Remove all the ashtrays and cigarette lighters.
Avoid those things that make you reach for a cigarette. I know many people who have to smoke after a cup of coffee! This is a bad habit! Find something else to do instead, for example, take a walk.
Many pregnant women use nicotine gum, skin patches, or inhalers to help them stay away from cigarettes. Although, there was no evidence that either nicotine patches or fast‐acting NRT (such as gum or lozenge) was more effective than the other.
Speak to your doctor before using any of these things. Your baby’s health is the most important. If you think you need extra help, get counseling, or join a support group. Help is never far. You are not alone, reach out.
If you are ready to quit, Congratulations! This is a very brave and important step for you and your baby’s health and future! You should be very proud of yourself and will never regret this decision!
A Healthier And Happy Future
Quitting smoking is not an easy task, oh yes that’s for sure, but for the health and safety of our children and ourselves, it is important to think about it. Receiving counseling support and incentives or rewards for quitting is most likely to help.
In the end, if you made the right decision from the start, you should be proud of yourself and most probably guilt-free! Not only did you create a healthy lifestyle for yourself, but also for your children.
It’s never too late to quit, do it now and make the world a better place! Live now a happy and healthy life! Be responsible for your children’s good health, they’ll thank you for this one day. And you will thank God for the wise decision you made a long time ago.
One day you can look back into your life, and realize that you also made some good decisions back then, and one of them was quitting smoking! Now you can help others make the same very important decision!
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