Quitting Smoking When Pregnant
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Been a smoker for years and just fell pregnant?
It is defiantly time to quit.
The smoking habit is so very hard to break, but with motivation and will power, it is one of the healthiest things you can do for you and your baby.
Not only does smoking reduce blood flow to the baby, reducing growth and development, but it also increases the risk of miscarriage, still birth and infant mortality rate.
Some of the complications from smoking during pregnancy also include ectopic pregnancy, placentas problems and premature labour.
The effects of smoking also reduce oxygen supply to the foetus, can impair growth and development, decrease movements of the foetus and change true babies lungs and brain.
Problems at birth due to smoking when pregnant include lower birth weight and three time she risk of SIDS (sudden infant death).
Even when the doctor has said the baby is fine, they just don't know everything going on inside that little one, or what the long term effects of your smoking will be.
Smoking whilst breast feeding also has its effects, like passing chemicals to the baby, reduction of milk production and more common early weaning by women that smoke.
Problems for the child later in life can include decreased lung function, an increased risk of asthma and even becoming over weight in childhood.
As one of the most addictive substances on the planet, and harder to quit than heroin, I know quitting smoking is extremely difficult. I've done it over 20 times.
Never give up quitting, the sooner you stop the lower the risks. Remember you as a mother are everything to that child, giving life and vital nutrients every minute of pregnancy.
Look for professional advice and seek help in quitting when pregnant.
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It's not "harder to quit than heroin" at all. What utter nonsense. Perpetuating this myth only gives smokers an excuse. If you can't give up for a baby, then don't ever have children at all.
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