We are aware of the fact that smoking in pregnancy can be life-threatening to the unborn baby and so is a big no-no. A lot of evidence is available which proves its danger, including the new evidence that pregnant smokers have a greater risk of having babies with heart defects.
The main reasons which make it necessary for you quit smoking if you are pregnant are given below.
Placenta Abruption: In this condition the placenta pulls off the wall of the uterus either before or during labor, necessitating an immediate delivery, usually via cesarean. A smoker’s placenta is thinner, making it more susceptible to an abruption.
Placenta Previa: Again because of the smoker’s thin placenta, it is more likely to cover the mouth of the uterus, the cervix. This can cause bleeding during pregnancy. It also makes vaginal birth dangerous and a cesarean becomes necessary due to the risk of hemorrhage to mom or the baby.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Babies born to mothers who smoke are more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Preterm Labor: If you smoke your body is more likely to try and end your pregnancy sooner in an effort to protect your baby from the harmful smoke. Babies born even slightly prematurely have a greater risk of death and other complications. The sooner the baby is born, the more likely your baby is to die or have serious complications, including mental retardation and cerebral palsy.
Stillbirth: Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of your baby dying during your pregnancy.
Low Birth Weight: Birth weight is an important factor in your baby’s health, the smaller the baby, the more is the risk of health complications and problems. In fact, low birth weight is one of the top reasons for babies to fall ill or die in the first months of life.
Colic: Recent studies show that if you smoke your baby is more likely to have colic.
Respiratory Infections: If you smoked during pregnancy or if your baby is surrounded by second hand smoke, your baby will be more likely to be ill, have asthma and other respiratory problems.
Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM): Your water breaking too early is another risk of smoking in pregnancy. It can also lead to premature birth.
Miscarriage: If you smoke, you could have trouble staying pregnant. It can also decrease your fertility.
If you think it is too late for you to quit, think again. Because, it does not matter when you quit smoking , your baby is getting benefits, even if it is late in your pregnancy. So don't think you've missed your opportunity. Quit today for yourself and your baby.
The author, Monalisa Hyden, addresses psychological and health related issues. If you wish to help yourself and your loved ones in quit smoking, you can log on to http://www.chantixhome.com for more information and advice.