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What happens if a woman smokes during pregnancy?

What happens if a woman smokes during pregnancy?

by: Dr. Monica Agarwal
Sr. Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology - Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Smoking per se is very dangerous for health as it causes serious diseases like heart disease, lung problems, cancers, vascular disease etc. It is even more dangerous during pregnancy as it causes problems for the unborn baby. Smoke contains many chemicals like lead, cyanide, carbon monoxide, nicotine and many other carcinogenic elements which are like poison to the mother and baby. These chemicals travel in maternal blood and reach the baby directly and cause the following effects:

  • Oxygen supply to the baby is reduced
  • Increases the chances of miscarriage
  • Baby can be premature
  • Chances of low birth weight are increased
  • Lung problems in the baby
  • Malformations are increased
  • Chances of still birth i.e. death inside the womb
  • Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome
  • Brain function- children of smokers can have learning disorder, behavioural problems and low IQ

Smoking should be a strict no for women:

There is no level of “safe smoke” during pregnancy. It should be completely quit. Passive smoking or second hand smoke is the smoke exhaled by another smoker in the air. This is as dangerous as the pregnant woman smoking herself. All the complications are the same. Program to quit smoking by the woman or family member should start before pregnancy and serious efforts should be made with professional help towards the same. Benefits of stopping start within few days of quitting.

Withdrawal from Smoking:

Symptoms of withdrawal can occur because body is used to nicotine but these are temporary and with strong will power body can heal, you can get rid of a very bad habit. Later on also periodic urges to smoke can occur but can be overcome with strong professional support and will power to stay away.

So think about the little bundle of joy that is about to enter your life and fill it with  happiness, laughter, positivity, think about the poison in the smoke which can choke your precious baby and definitely you will be successful in choosing life, health, happiness over the suffocation which you and the baby both detest.

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