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is really healthy to smoke while you are pregant?

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3 years ago
i am 9 weeks and this is my second child. i never smoke for my first but i have been smoking for 6 years now.and a lot of people tell me it really doesnt do anything cuz they smoked when they were pregant.i slacked down a lot but cant quit it to hard.please tell me if it will kill my baby or harm it

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3 years ago
It will harm the baby.  By smoking you are depriving your body of the oxygen it needs and depriving your baby of the oxygen it needs to grow. Here's some stuff I found on a website for you....Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including truly nasty things like cyanide, lead, and at least 60 cancer-causing compounds. When you smoke during pregnancy, that toxic brew gets into your bloodstream, your baby's only source of oxygen and nutrients.While none of those 4,000-plus chemicals is good for your baby (you would never add a dollop of lead and cyanide to his strained peaches), two compounds are especially harmful: nicotine and carbon monoxide. These two toxins account for almost every smoking-related complication in pregnancy, says ob-gyn James Christmas, director of Maternal Fetal Medicine for Commonwealth Perinatal Associates at Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.The most serious complications — including stillbirth, premature delivery, and low birth weight — can be chalked up to the fact that nicotine and carbon monoxide work together to reduce your baby's supply of oxygen. Nicotine chokes off oxygen by narrowing blood vessels throughout your body, including the ones in the umbilical cord. It's a little like forcing your baby to breathe through a narrow straw. To make matters worse, the red blood cells that carry oxygen start to pick up molecules of carbon monoxide instead. Suddenly, that narrow straw doesn't even hold as much oxygen as it should.Check out this site - it has steps and ideas to help you quit. http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-quitting-smoking
3 years ago
I completley understand where you are coming from.Im 29 weeks,and i'm still smoking..I've tried and tried to quit,but its hard when you live in a house full of smokers...I am terrified that my baby will get sick easier and will have asthma and i'm terrified of SIDS...and I know I should quit for the baby,but I just havent been able too.luckily everything has gone accordingly with the pregnancy.the baby is healthy and growing.I dont smoke a pack a day or anything...I smoke in the morning and a few during the day...I HAVE cut down..and eventually I hope that it will cut down to nothing.I have a lot of friends pregnant right now,and a few of them are smoking still as well..and few who have had their babies,and their babies are healthy happy babies even though they had smoker moms during pregnancy.BUT that doesnt mean that you or me won't be the unlucky ones... 
3 years ago
First of all, good job cutting down.  Secondly, your baby will probably be fine.  But it would be better for your health and his if you could quit or cut down even further.  Tell yourself it's just nine months of torture... that's what I've been doing to get myself to keep up with diet and exercise.  Or try not to inhale, or inhale less.  Often it's the habit of smoking, the physical act, that's harder to give up than the actual nicotine.  Or try to get through the day without smoking and then reward yourself with something - a treat - at the end of the day.  That way you have something to look forward to.  At the very least, try to cut down as much as possible in the first trimester, that's when your baby is most vulnerable. 
3 years ago
its not good for your baby
3 years ago
absolutly not good for the baby. it can cause low birth rate premature birth and deprive the baby of oxygen..im not a smoker so idk how bad it is to quit but just try to cut down as much as possible
3 years ago
yes it very bad for you and your baby i was a smoker. i had smoke for 6 years and when i found i was pregnant i went to smoke a cigeratte and could't bc it was so horrible and now im 4 months pregnant and havent smoke since 4 months ago and im really proud of myself. its not really hard to quit just got to put your mind to it and quit. read when you want to smoke or just chew on sunflower seeds. or make a new hobby
3 years ago
My ex husband was a product of a mother who smoked during the pregnancy.  In her defense, she didn't know she was pregnant until the end of her second trimester.  He was premature and has severe asmtha.  All because she smoked.  I cant tell you how guilty she still feels about that, even though she didnt know.  Yes it will effect your baby.  If you think quitting is hard, think of how hard its going to be watching your baby hooked up to oxygen because of something you did.
3 years ago
your baby may have birth defects so do not smoke

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