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    Wow I am shocked!! Babies are born smaller because every time their mother has a ciggarette their oxygen supply is greatly reduced leading to underdevelopment of all their organs including their brain. I can't believe that people still use this as an excuse.

    I understand that babies can come along at very inconvenient moments and some mothers are battling severe life stresses coupled with drug and alcoholism and most will do their best to combat these for the sake of their child. But what about the very normal healthy women who are addicted to ciggarettes who refuse to quit? Is it really just lack of education? Or is it not real enough to them while their pregnant?

    I think those that continue to smoke while pregnant should be taken to their local children's hospital and shown what could happen.

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    I shamefully smoked through my first pregnancy. I did cut back from about 20 a day to 4 or 5. I was going through a very difficult time and had no support from family as they all smoke and think it's totally fine. In fact my ex MIL even encouraged it and would give me cigarettes. I'd given up completely a year before I fell pregnant the second time and will never take it back up again. It really annoys me when people try to justify it by saying that their baby is totally fine so it can't be harmful! How do you know what internal effects all those toxic chemicals have had on your child? Just because they look perfect on the outside doesn't mean that you aren't setting them up with a higher risk of cancer or problems much later on in their life. The medical profession aren't telling us it's harmful for no reason!

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    I can't stand people that smoke or do drugs while pregnant, but what I actually wanted to say is that I just heard this morning that they are saying that drinking/drugs/smoking during pregnancy can have more long lasting effects on lifelong health than previously thought.

    I'll have to have a look when I'm on the computer, but maybe if that is promoted more in main****** media as well as by doctors and other health professionals people will stop thinking that the only side effects are low birth weight and it's associated health issues..

    I'm so sick of hearing the excuse "I smoked/drank/used drugs and my kids turned out ok" when there is no way of knowing how different their child's life would have been if they hadn't exposed them to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    With DD I smoked, cut down to 6-7 per day and gradually stopped by 30 wks. The dr was aware and encouraged me to do it this was (this is going back 10 years). I think everyone knows its not a good idea to smoke while UTD but it's not illegal, so what can you do? I know many women who smoked during pregnancy. For the record none of them have had a SIDS baby or any other issues. One person I know had 4 children and smoked without even cutting back through 3 of the pregnancies. The child she didn't smoke through has severe asthma, eczema and behavioral issues. The first pregnancy she also drank heavily through (she didn't know she was UTD for the first 8 months ) and that child had no issues. The third child she smoked with, has severe eczema and hearing and learning problems. No idea if any of this is related to her smoking or not.
    Far out! So the one she quit for was the only one with problems? The baby that had health issues was that the one she drank with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondi83 View Post
    Far out! So the one she quit for was the only one with problems? The baby that had health issues was that the one she drank with?
    No, of the 4, she drank and smoked with num one- zero probs. Num two- quit both, severe asthma, behavioral issues and eczema. Num three- smoked- eczema and hearing probs, learning probs. num 4- smoked- no probs. strange huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    No, of the 4, she drank and smoked with num one- zero probs. Num two- quit both, severe asthma, behavioral issues and eczema. Num three- smoked- eczema and hearing probs, learning probs. num 4- smoked- no probs. strange huh?
    Wow plain lucky i'd say, and the eczema prob wasn't even caused by the smoking. That's very sad

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    I quit when I found out I was pregnant. I know tons of people who didn't though. One had a placenta that started to rot. I also know of someone who smoked pot during her pregnancy. There doesn't seem to be any problems with any of these kids yet (and hopefully there's not in the future.)

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    The lady who smoked when pregnant that I knew was pregnant at the same time as me. She got really offended when I moved away from her when she lit up. Made a big song and dance about it, saying things like "sitting next to me won't hurt your baby" and "look at me, I've smoked with all mine and they're all fine"

    I couldn't believe it

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    I think there is a world of difference between someone who smokes, does drugs and drinks in a pregnancy - than someone who cuts right back and is really trying. I know someone who got down to one cigarette a day. Not perfect - but I though she did so well. She found it really difficult but she got down to one a day.

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    I can't believe it's that common. And we argue a lot about giving babies the right to say yes or no to circumcision/ear piercing etc when they grow up, but they don't have a say if they want all that toxic in their little body or not.

    I don't mean to sound harsh on anyone. I respect mums and dads that at least make an effort to quit or cut down. I quit long before we ttc and my mum quit when she came to stay with us a few months after ds was born.

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