She really proudly told me that she had been told you have smaller babies and put on less weight if you smoke ... So she started smoking while pregnant.
Another one I met at a dh work party this lady was smoking non stop all night she had 3 kids I could see and she kept handing her youngest to the older kid when she had a smoke (obviously didn't want it around smoke!) ... But people kept talking about her 4 kids and I'm counting them all night but could only see 3 ... Eventually I asked dh apparently she was preg.
I don't mean to demonise mums who smoke I don't these are the norm ... I have been told they are better to cut down as much as possible rather than entirely.
I've never smoked so wouldn't begin to imagine what the addiction must be like.
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17-07-2012 14:30 #51Senior Member
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17-07-2012 14:44 #52
I recall a study that was done a few years ago where they tested the response of a baby in utero when the mother even thought about having a cigarette. Yep, before they even lit up. The scientists were testing the link between emotional responses of mothers and unborn babies and this was one of the things they tested. They were amazed that the unborn babies actually showed signs of stress when the mother decided to light up but before she'd actually done it.
I wish I could find this again. It was fascinating. I smoked before kids and the day before I started IVF I quit and never went back. It's not just pregnancy but SIDS scared the cr@p out of me as well. My parents never smoked and as a kid I hated visiting friends' places if their parents smoke. Funny then that I took it up as a uni student.
Unlike alcohol there is no safe limit with smoking (ie every one does harm). I just wish governments would ban it altogether.
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17-07-2012 15:10 #53
There is a show on sbs or abc called mums behaving badly set in the UK. They take young mums that do silly things during pregnancy like starving themselves or gorging constantly on junk food. One big issue is smoking. They have a midwife whose speciality is smoking cessation during pregnancy.
They measure the carbon monoxide levels in mum and bubs and oxygen levels that bubs is receiving using a special machine. It's amazing to see how oxygen starved the growing foetus is. Quite scary actually.
What amazed me was that one girl said that she was still smoking because it would mean that bubs heart would be working harder and would make it stronger in later life - WTF?!!!
I for one quit smoking before TTC. I promised myself and DF that we would not even attempt to conceive before I kicked the habit. Best motivation ever!!!
17-07-2012 15:14 #54
17-07-2012 15:22 #55
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.
17-07-2012 15:31 #56
17-07-2012 15:42 #57
it really makes me feel physically sick to see a pregnant woman smoke, same as when you can smell cigarette smoke on a child YUK so sad :-(
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17-07-2012 15:57 #58
I think people who managed to dramatically cut down or quit for pregnancy have achieved something wonderful.
My DH's mother smoked in pregnancy and is completely unapologetic about it. It upsets me because he has suffered permanent damage and ongoing problems because of it and she says she smoked because she didn't want him and didn't care about his health back then. Everytime she tells him this he feels like c.rap.
I'm not objective on this issue at all because it hurts me to see how much it has hurt DH.
I try to reserve my anger for the tobacco companies - profiting from people's addiction and suffering.
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17-07-2012 16:08 #59
I've lost more than one family member to smoking. I'd love to see the government actually do something about it other than add more taxes (ie profit for them) to the cost. And plain packaging will make no difference. I've thought for a while now smokers should have to apply for a license of some kind and gradually stop issuing them, try to have an upcoming generation that doesn't smoke at all. I know that infringes on civil liberty etc but there have been some studies and are some schools of thought that ciggies are actually more harmful overall than some illegal narcotics. Obviously there are much wider implications and considerations, but siiiigh. In a perfect world...
17-07-2012 16:52 #60Senior Member
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Really its just crazy that cigarettes are even sold legally imo
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