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Smoking During Pregnancy the Risks

31 July 2011 No Comment

Baby SmokingWe know it make sense to  stop  smoking generally but it can  be difficult to  give up.

Firstly babies need Oxygen to grow.  Therefore when smoking the amount of oxygen in your blood reaching the baby is reduced by the carbon monoxide a poisonous gas,  by the way that’s only one of 4,000 chemicals being absorbed by you and your baby when  smoking. These toxins can also damage the placenta.

Effects of smoking during pregnancy health for the mother can  cause

  • Miscarriage
  • Bleeding
  • Nausea

Effects of Smoking during pregnancy for the baby can  cause

  • Slow growth of the foetus
  • Premature birth
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birth weight
  • Cot death
  • Breathing problems and wheezing in the first six months of life

Effects of stopping smoking during pregnancy can it help

Massively.   stopping smoking in pregnancy will benefit your baby immediately. When your lungs become smoke free, the carbon monoxide and chemicals clear from your body and your oxygen levels return to normal.  It can  benefit both you by:-

  • Less morning sickness
  • Fewer complications

Effects of Passive Smoking during pregnancy

If anyone smokes near you, you will be exposed to second hand or passive smoke during pregnancy. Second hand smoke is dangerous during pregnancy because of  the harmful gases and chemicals go to you and the baby take into  your blood stream.

 How to  Quit Smoking

We know its can  be difficult to  quit smoking ask people who  are around and the baby to  quit smoking there is free help  from the NHS and I have known many people succeed.  They have a specialised team  of people who  can  help contact details below

Call the free NHS Pregnancy Smoking Quit Helpline on 0800 169 9 169

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