I seem to have had a lot of questions lately about smoking and pregnancy. This really is a total No No! Even though most of you are non-smokers, I decided to share this with you in case it is useful for family and friends.
To start with smoking reduces the woman’s chances of getting pregnant and because it affects arteries and blood flow it also affects a man’s fertility.
Then there is the effect on the baby. Carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke can keep the developing baby from getting enough oxygen. Tobacco smoke also contains other chemicals that can harm unborn babies and mothers who smoke are more likely to deliver their babies early.
The chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, USA, Dr Welsh, says that he’s seen too many complications with babies born prematurely, babies born too small, babies who die before they can be born at all. In his view, smoking while pregnant is more dangerous than when the mother has a serious disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
“I can control those conditions with medications,” Dr Welch says. But when a pregnant woman smokes, he says, nothing can protect her baby from danger.
Enough said. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including truly nasty things like cyanide, lead, and at least 60 cancer-causing compounds. When people smoke or breathe second hand smoke during pregnancy, that toxic brew gets into the bloodstream which is the baby’s only source of oxygen and nutrients.
Then after birth, babies exposed to cigarette smoke are more likely to have respiratory problems, severe colic and at higher risk of cot death.
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