The risks of smoking in pregnancy: its dangerous effects

Smoking is bad for your health in general. But doing it during the pregnancy stage, supposes increase the risks for the pregnant and the baby. And is that during the nine months of pregnancy, there are certain habits that should be avoided. Along with suppressing alcohol, smoking can be bad for the mother and for the future baby, so it is best to stop this habit as soon as a woman knows she is pregnant.

From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Providence Hospital in Michigan they assure that Smoking is probably the first cause of babies born with problems. For example, all this is associated with babies who have been born prematurely, babies with low birth weight and babies who die before being born.

These are the effects - and risks - of smoking during pregnancy

Low weight and size

One of the main risks of smoking during pregnancy is the low weight and size of the baby when it is born. Smoking a pack a day during pregnancy, represents 200 grams less weight in the baby. This can have consequences for the baby throughout his life.

Greater possibilities of abortion

Although there are many causes that cause abortion, and in some cases, it is not clear at all, certain studies comment that a pregnant smoker is 10 times more likely to suffer an abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy than another who does not have this habit.

Premature delivery

Another incidence that usually occurs when smoking while pregnant is the possibility of suffering a premature birth. The risk of advancement of childbirth can be multiplied by 4-6 in smokers compared to women who do not smoke in pregnancy. This causes a series of serious consequences.

More risk of having malformations

Smoking in pregnancy also increases the likelihood of developing malformations and various diseases in future children. It should be noted that carcinogenic substances pass into fetal blood and are not purified or eliminated with adequate speed.

Problems in the blood

Tobacco smoke causes cell damage and inflammation that can occur in the tissues of passive smokers. This makes the blood more prone to clotting.

Other problems

According to the American Cancer Society, other research suggests that children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy have a higher risk of developing behavior problems, being more likely to have high blood pressure, asthma, having overweight problems ... at this point we can name the increase or appearance of pregnancy gestational hypertension, which when it appears may be more serious in the pregnant woman who smokes.

How to stop smoking whether or not you are pregnant

We know that quitting smoking is a problem that is never easy to solve and more so when the smoking mother has a deep-rooted habit. Many mothers take advantage of pregnancy to stop smoking, definitely being the best time for it.

In fact, some women stop smoking before they want to conceive, since tobacco is also related to fertility, lowering the chances of getting pregnant.

It is best to talk with the specialist to know where to start when quitting. While this stage can increase the nerves, it is also favorable to relax, so some women do not have trouble quitting the habit just during pregnancy. Other women try to leave during the first months (although it is to be noted that they are the most important because it is when the baby is being formed).

A study by the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology confirmed that pregnant mothers who quit smoking in the first trimester can increase their chances of giving birth to a healthy baby at term, in the same way as if they are non-smoking mothers.

First of all you need the strength and the will to believe that you want to stop smoking, calm down and analyze the possible causes of the harm that can be done to the baby if you smoke. Then there are meditation therapies, relaxation, hypnosis and follow the guidelines of specialists in this type of therapy. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.

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