If someone says that women shouldn’t smoke, we should stop them immediately and let them know that moral policing women just makes them cheap judgmental human beings, however, if someone says that people shouldn’t smoke and especially women if they intend to have a healthy pregnancy, then that is something you need to pay heed to because it is backed by science and there is no gender discrimination or moral policing involved. Ideally no one should smoke, irrespective of the gender. Smoking causes multiple health issues in both, men and women but in today’s article I will be aiming at pregnant women or women trying to conceive in particular and why they need to give up smoking, at least temporarily if not for longer.
Yours and your baby’s health is seriously impacted before, during and after the pregnancy if you’re a smoker because the various poisons inhaled by you from a cigarette such as carbon monoxide and nicotine among many others go directly to your baby through your blood stream which can result in extremely low oxygen supply to the little one inside you for whom oxygen is essential to grow, it will increase the baby’s heart rate and the chances of a stillbirth or miscarriages increase, your baby’s risk of developing respiratory disorders from birth increase substantially, the probability of there being birth defects too increase a scary amount, your baby could be born prematurely and underweight and even smaller in size and it most definitely increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The heavier a smoker you are, the directly proportional the chances are of you and your baby suffering in the above mentioned ways. While most things can be consumed in safe quantities, there is nothing like a safe amount of smoking you can do, it will affect you both if you smoke, period.
What’s worse is that even if you are not smoking actively, but are exposed to it passively by second hand smoking, complications are bound to arise because you are still inhaling the poisonous substances and making the both of you vulnerable to disasters such as tubal pregnancies, miscarriages, stillbirths, underweight baby birth among so many other fatal risks. Such unborn babies and even young children who are passive smokers are particularly prone to developing asthma, ear infections, lung infections and disorders, allergies etc.
How you manage to quit smoking is up to you, but always take the wise decision to quit a few months prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy and till you’re breast feeding. After that you may want to go away from your baby and light up a cigarette but at least you aren’t risking your child’s health and life directly that way, the risk is your own thereafter.