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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17-07-2012 10:01 #31Senior Member
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17-07-2012 10:11 #32
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!
17-07-2012 10:16 #33
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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17-07-2012 11:21 #37
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.)
17-07-2012 11:32 #38Senior Member
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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
17-07-2012 11:34 #39Senior Member
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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.
17-07-2012 11:40 #40
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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