Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy
When a mother smokes, she is causing her baby to get less oxygen while he or she is growing. Can you imagine all your vital organs and everything about you, developing for the first and only time in your life, while the only oxygen you get is like breathing through a skinny straw? Of course, we know that the baby is not "breathing" in the way that we breathe, using our lungs, but rather is "breathing" by getting an oxygen supply through the umbilical cord. This supply is dangerously cut back when a mother smokes. It's simply not enough oxygen for proper, healthy development. In fact, one doctor said that "smoking cigarettes is probably the number one cause of adverse outcomes for babies."
And what are those outcomes? This can include stillbirth or premature delivery, just to name a couple problems. And even if baby makes it past these and other challenges, he could end up with asthma, learning disorders, or a heart defect, just to name a few.
So, with these things in mind, do something for you and your baby: Quit smoking and don't look back! Your little baby needs you! Your the only one who can ensure he is healthy!
Help to Stop Smoking
So, in only scratching the surface (in the article above), you already see he dangers of smoking while pregnant. But does it have to be that you and your baby are doomed? Not at all! If you quit smoking as soon as you know you are pregnant or even when you are trying to have a baby, you can give your child a chance of good health! It's not too late. Even if you are well into the pregnancy, quit immediately (quit today!) for the health of your child! The pregnancy isn't forever --- you can do it! Everyday will help! This child has his or her whole life ahead of him: Will you give up smoking at least for your pregnancy, to give this child a healthy existence for his or her lifetime? How can you quit? Please read on:
You will notice that I didn't mention a patch or anything like that, and there is good reason: Quitting while pregnant involves fewer options of how to quit since patches and the like still have nicotine, and therefore are not safe for the baby either. That's why it's my greatest recommendation to you to quit by meditating on why you are quitting. You are a good mother. You can do it!!!
Having said all that, I still know that it is extremely hard to quit cigarette smoking, and if this advice isn't working for you, don't give up. Your doctor is your best source of help and guidance. If you find that your doctor isn't doing his best to help you, you can always go to another doctor who is more sympathetic and helpful!