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    Smoking during pregnancy is child abuse. Hats off to people trying to quit, but if you're still smoking heavily then shame on you.

    In the olden days (50's/60's) where their weren't as many warnings fair enough. But nowdays I don't know how people are dumb enough to fall for the con jobs that big tobacco are pulling.
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    I think it is awful, it's worse than putting a cigarette in a newborn's mouth.

    I was able to quit straightaway both times I found out I was pregnant with not much difficulty. I appreciate it's harder for others but you owe it to your child to try. Excuses such as "my
    mum smoked and I'm ok", smaller baby, too stressful to quit, etc are just mind boggling stupid and selfish.

    I also know two friends (certainly not close friends) who drank, smoke and smoked weed all throughout their pregnancies. It's disgusting.

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    I quit the day I found out I was pregnant seeing others do it disgusts me.

    it's completely selfish and it's just wrong especially when we all know the risks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newmum2012 View Post
    I quit the day I found out I was pregnant seeing others do it disgusts me.

    it's completely selfish and it's just wrong especially when we all know the risks.
    Agree! Disgusts me too and it is so selfish!!! What we now know these days about the effects of smoking and alcohol while pregnant... If your baby comes out brain damaged or something wrong with it child safety has every right to take that baby away as far as I'm concerned! So sad to see it happening still in this day and age! My mum works for Dept child safety and has to take newborns off mothers in hospitals regularly because the baby has come out with health problems from the mother drinking or smoking during pregnancy - and drugs.. so so sad!!! Shame on you who do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theophania View Post
    I HATE seeing someone who is pregnant smoke. It really bugs me. I quit smoking for both of my pregnancies. I cannot stand the stupid excuses people give. If you want to smoke, own it. Don't try and justify what you are doing.

    Having said that however, I can't really sit in judgement because whilst I didn't smoke or drink when I was pregnant I still did things like eat ham, soft serve ice cream etc. So while I was still able to stop smoking for my bubs health I didn't see those other things as threats and ate them. So to some extent I was selfish a irresponsible...

    So in theory I know I shouldn't judge because I am pretty sure we have all taken some risks, but in practice I cannot seem not to judge

    I also smoked after I had my children, and that too is dangerous, so again another reason why I shouldn't judge. I smoke still now and am in a huge battle to quit... I won't make excuses though, I will own it and do my best to do the right thing and quit.
    Wow this is exactly me, I quit a week after I found out I was utd. I thought it would be really difficult, that first week I prob had 3 or 4 smokes then just stopped cold turkey and it was quite easy, thankfully. Unfortunately I started again once id stopped breastfeeding (was hard not to in a family full of smokers) Im dissapointed in myself after I did so well quitting. The numbers don't surprise me though I know lots of women who smoked while preg including my mother with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadlockfairy View Post
    I think at the end of the day pregnant woman are just human. We all have faults. I won't judge someone bc I dont think I'll know the whole story of someone at a glance.
    I agree completely with this.

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    Smoking when pg is not best case scenario, it's not healthy for the mother or the baby. But I always find it interesting that many mums that admonish smoking mothers admit themselves to drinking a few glasses of wine a week. Maybe it's my negative stance on alcohol and how insidious it is in our culture, but I would say that is equally as damaging as a couple of cigarettes a day.

    Geez this place is so judgmental sometimes. As I say in these type of threads - yet she without sin cast the first stone....

    Quote Originally Posted by bumMum View Post
    A woman owns her body and her choices, even when she is pregnant, and we can't police pregnant women and all their less than ideal choices. So long as its legal, its her body and her choice.
    I think this is a valid point especially for pro choicers who believe it's not a baby or that the mothers rights over rule their baby's to abort, yet have a go at women for smoking. You either believe it's the woman's body and her choice or you don't. Whether it's wanted or not doesn't factor into the debate for me.

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    I smoked while pregnant. I was a pack a day smoker down to a pack a week.

    People that go cold turkey and quit as soon as they are utd... Fantastic! I really commend your efforts!

    Comments like 'child abuse' etc, you don't know each persons circumstances. I am very proud of cutting down as much as i did based on my own circumstances. I had GD while pregnant, mentally i wasn't coping with the strict diet AND completely giving up the occasional cigarettes.

    Am i proud of the fact i still smoked while pregnant? absolutely not! But i did what i did to manage my mental wellbeing. (selfish? Oh well..)

    Judge away! (god knows i got enough of it while pregnant)




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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I think this is a valid point especially for pro choicers who believe it's not a baby or that the mothers rights over rule their baby's to abort, yet have a go at women for smoking. You either believe it's the woman's body and her choice or you don't. Whether it's wanted or not doesn't factor into the debate for me.
    It does factor into the debate for me. If you intend to go ahead with a pregnancy don't you have an obligation to, from that point on, think of the foetus as a human being with their own right to not have others force poison (of any kind) into their tiny bodies, especially during critical development periods?
    It's the children who live with physical and mental impairments as a result of this type of behaviour for the rest of their lives.

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    I don't really have a position on this as I just loathe and dispise tobacco companies and the government for making money off addiction. I really do wish it would just be banned. It's starting to stress me that my kids might one day start smoking. Although it does seem fewer and fewer people are doing it do maybe the tide is swinging. Most people I know who smoke hate the fact they do it. I'm sure there are pregnant women who smoke without regret or regard, but I'd say the vast majority of pregnant women who smoke feel immense guilt and don't need anyone else making them feel worse for it.

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