Side effects of smoking during pregnancy

Side Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

A pregnant lady who smokes is risking her life along with her baby’s life. The tobacco in the smoke can cause premature labor, low weight babies, infant infections and in severe cases death of the infant. Weak and low weight babies are likely to suffer from lung infections which may lead to breathing difficulties and thus his adulthood may severely get affected (if he survives).

It’s time for you ladies to quit smoking and think about the baby who is soon going to arrive in this world. Smoking has never benefited anyone so why do you want you take a risk on your baby’s health?

Pregnancy Complications Associated with Smoking

The smoking pregnant ladies expose their babies to a wide range of carcinogenic chemicals and reducing the availability of oxygen to the developing baby and thus it also causes some adverse effects on your body which make your pregnancy time very challenging.

Some common pregnancy complications which are faced by smoking ladies are:

  • Ectopic pregnancy: The pregnancy takes place in the fallopian tube rather than uterus.
  • Miscarriage of the fetus
  • Death of the fetal
  • Premature birth
  • Rupture of the membranes before time

Effect of Smoking on the Fetus

When a pregnant lady smokes a cigarette, she reduces the availability of the oxygen to the babies and thus exposing him to the chemicals which he wasn’t supposed to be introduced to. These chemicals are carcinogenic and lethal to the health of the fetus.

The effects of smoking on fetus include:

  • Reduced oxygen supply
  • Slow growth or retarded growth
  • Decreased fetal movements in the womb
  • Changes in the development of the lungs and brain
  • Impaired working of placenta

Problems Faced at the Time of the Child Birth by Smoker Pregnant Lady

When there is complication in the pregnancy along with retarded development of the fetus, it is bound to create multiple problems to the baby at the time of his birth. The following is a list of all the problems that commonly occurs at the child birth who has been exposed to nicotine:

  • Lower weight of the baby at the time of the birth
  • High chances of premature birth
  • Increased risk of infant death
  • High risk of miscarriage
  • Increased risk of Sudden death Infant Syndrome

If all these facts scare you then dare to quit smoking. Smoking has harmed your body to a great extent which you may not be fully aware of and thus save your baby’s health from nicotine and other carcinogenic chemicals. You have a very strong reason to quit smoking hence it won’t be difficult for you to quit unlike others who are searching for a reason to keep themselves motivated. Start taking responsibility of your child right now and think about his future which is in dark because of your addiction to smoke. Going smoke free can be the best gift that you can give to your baby while he/she is still developing inside your womb.


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