I have come into this thread quite late, but I have made the effort to read through the whole thread.
I read the article and was astounded that smoking whilst pregnant was so common. I know that it has been mentioned previously that it is widely publicised that smoking is extremely harmful for the unborn baby (I refuse to call them a fetus as I believe that that dehumanises the baby which is a living being) and yet it is still quite common for women to smoke.
I am currently going through fertility treatment and have been for quite some time. During my ttc journey i have completely changed my lifestyle. Exercise, healthy eating, no drinking and have cut back on my smoking. I am still being judged by SOME of the nurses at my clinic as in their opinion I still have not done enough to ensure that my body is perfect for my baby. I have had it said to me on numerous occasions that smoking BEFORE pregnancy is almost just as harmful to your unborn baby as the damage you are causing to your body from smoking is also damaging your eggs.
I have recently had a mc and when i found out i was pregnant i quit completely. Unfortunately my baby didnt survive past 6 weeks. I couldnt help but blame myself that it was my smoking BEFORE pregnancy that caused my baby not to survive and the stress and emotion from my loss caused me to pick up the cigerettes again. Not perfect I know and I am just causing myself to go through a vicious cycle in my mind.
My cousin who recently had a baby smoked throughout her pregnancy. Her gorgeous DS was born below the average birth weight and has a number of health issues. Although it cant be proven to be caused from her smoking.
I also lived next foor to a woman who smoked both cigerettes and marijuana whilst pregnant. Her baby was born having withdrawls and was quite unwell. She thought it was perfectly normal for her baby to be lying in their crib shaking and convulsing at two weeks of age. Thankfully her child was taken by child services due to the severity of the poor babies illness.
Both of these situations is enough to make me want to do everything possible to ensure my body is perfect for my child to form in a healthy environment. Maybe I am being judgemental on the women who do any form of substance (whether it be legal or not) during pregnancy as I beat myself up so badly after losing my angel because I smoked BEFORE my pregnancy.
I am sorry for the excessively long post and if I have reignited a debate. I am not sure what point I am trying to get across but this is how I am feeling at this point in my personal ttc journey.
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