PregnancyThe Risks of Smoking in Pregnancy: Its Dangerous Effects

The Risks of Smoking in Pregnancy: Its Dangerous Effects

Do you smoke and are you pregnant? Find out what are its dangerous effects on your health and that of the baby, its risks and how you can consciously quit smoking.

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

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

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 packet a day during pregnancy represents 200 grams less weight in the baby. This can have consequences for the baby throughout his life.

Greater chances of abortion

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

Premature delivery

Another incidence that usually occurs when smoking while pregnant is the possibility of premature delivery. The risk of early labor can be multiplied by 4-6 in smokers compared to women who do not smoke during 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 cleared or eliminated with adequate speed.

Blood problems

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

Other problems

Other research suggests that children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are at higher risk of developing behavior problems, being more likely to have high blood pressure, asthma, being overweight … at this point we can name the increase or the appearance of gestational hypertension of pregnancy, which when it appears can be more serious in pregnant smokers.

How to quit smoking whether or not you are pregnant

We know that quitting smoking is a problem that is never easy to solve, especially when the smoking mother has a deeply ingrained habit. Many mothers take advantage of pregnancy to quit smoking for good, being the best time to do so.

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

It is best to speak with the specialist to find out where to start when it comes to quitting smoking. While this stage can increase nerves, it is also conducive to relaxation, so some women find it easy to kick the habit right during pregnancy. Other women try to stop it during the first months (although it is to be noted that they are the most important because it is when the baby is forming).

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

Above all you need the desire and strength to believe that you want to stop smoking, calm down and analyze the possible causes of the damage that can be done to the baby if you smoke. Then there are meditation, relaxation, hypnosis therapies and following the guidelines of specialists in this type of therapy.


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