It is a shame this thread got a bit judgey though. No one here said that they smoked & didn't care about the consequences, which would be deserving of scorn. On the contrary the mums who admitted to smoking during pregnancy sound like they tried so hard to give up or at least minimise the harm. That's got to be better than nothing.
I personally don't get it ( I used to smoke so do get the addiction thing). The guilt would kill me. I feel bad enough about using an iPad and having one coffee a day.
The stats really really surprise me. I truly thought smoking was on the way out, and smoking while pregnant just didnt exist except in limited socio-economic areas.
It must drive doctors absolutely crazy.
Oh, and it's nothing like having a ham sandwich. The analogy is facile.
The report shows that the numbers are clearly decreasing though, the message is definitely getting out there.
Another 10 years and maybe it won't be around at all?
Smoking in pregnancy
The proportion of mothers reporting any smoking duringpregnancy declined between 2005 and 2009: 12,738 (14.3%)mothers reported smoking in pregnancy in 2005, 12,307(13.5%) in 2006, 12,068 (12.8%) in 2007, 12,094 (12.7%) in2008, and 11,434 (12.0%) in 2009.
Of mothers who smoked during pregnancy in 2009, 16.1%stopped smoking before the second half of pregnancy. Overthe 5–year period, among those who smoked in the secondhalf of pregnancy, there was a trend towards smoking fewercigarettes per day (Table 8).
I didn't mean to sound judgemental Sorry if it came across that way. My posts were relating to the standard that I hold myself to, not anyone else.
I actually am pro choice, and I do believe that people have the right to do what they want with their own bodies (I would never opt to take people's choices away from them). My question was more of a philosophical nature, being that when you are pregnant you are making momentous decisions that shape someone else's life, and surely that comes with some responsibility/accountability.
Also no, I don't take unnecessary risks (not even for a ham sandwich ). I'm far from perfect, and I'm sure I've made lots of mistakes but I try my best to minimise them.
When in doubt I consult my doctor, which was the first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant and knew I'd need a bit of help to quit smoking (I also looked up methods of quit smoking aides that I could safely use at low dosages on the net to ask my doctor about).
We were trying to conceive for 8 years, I might be overly cautious but it is something I feel is necessary, if something goes wrong I personally need to know that I did my very best to minimise any risks.
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