If your health isn’t enough to make you quit smoking, then your baby's health will surely make you quit. Pregnant women who continue to smoke are passing nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other chemicals to her baby too. Not only will it harm your baby, but it can also even lead to miscarriage! Let’s take a look at how cigarette smoking affects both mom and the baby she’s carrying in her womb.
Miscarriage Or Stillbirth
Harmful chemicals in cigarettes can increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Nicotine can cause contractions in the fallopian tubes, which in turn prevents embryo from passing through.
Reduced Oxygen To The Fetus
Regularly smoking can increase the percentage of nicotine in the mother’s blood that reduces the amount of oxygen supplied to the unborn child.
Low Birth Weight
Smoking can also cause babies to be born with low birth weight. Such babies are at a greater risk of death and are more vulnerable to infection, breathing difficulties and long term health problems in adulthood. It can lead to other health problems and disabilities like cerebral palsy, hearing or vision ailments and delayed development.
Increases SIDS Risk
Due to weaker lungs and low birth weight, infants are at higher risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Babies who live in a home polluted with secondhand smoke also face an increased risk of SIDS.
This condition occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus before childbirth. It can cause severe bleeding and puts the lives of mother and baby in danger.
So, ladies, it’s high time to quit smoking and keep your baby safe and healthy!