I know a lot of people that have smoked during pregnancy, and not had any problems, one of my good friends used to smoke for about a year or so, and stopped cold turkey when she found out she was pregnant, her body went into shock and almost lost the baby because she had stopped smoking! I heard the safety level for smoking was less then 5 or no more then 5 a day. I was wondering if anyone has had problems with the smoking thing, did you quit right away or just cut down? And then quit? What about 2nd hand smoke??
Well I can tell you that here in Utah I have noticed a commerical in which over 18,000 miscarriages a year are linked to smoking. Kind of an interesting ad that is for sure. Next time I see it I will post the website that they show that gives out more info on that.
My hubby is a smoker and when we found out I was pregnant with our first(oh so long ago it seems)he immediatly started going outside our house to smoke. He still goes out side because he wants to protect our kids.
There is a friend of ours whose daughter is four days younger than our baby and she smoked between one to two a day. The thing is she wishes she had quit because her daughter has some health issues that they are pretty sure are from her smoking even just one a day. She has quit smoking now so that with any babies she has later wont be effected.
Go talk to yoru doctor and see what he/she has to say is the best thing to do.
Smoking during pregnancy is really unhealthy. Every time you smoke a cigarette you deprive the baby of oxygen. It's also linked to preterm births. I don't think it should be a difficult choice that it's not the best thing for the baby. Don't mean to sound harsh but I just feel it's really not good.
Smoking during pregnancy is linked to many problems, some of which people mentioned above. Low birth weight, preterm labor, and others I'm sure. To avoid going into shock, like your friend, maybe try to cut down gradually until you can quit. It's better for you now, and when you have your baby, you won't be setting the example. You'll already have quit! Good luck.
I quit cold turkey after smoking 10 yrs when I got pg w/my first. I didn't lose her. My sister is pg w/her fourth and still smokes, probably between 5 to 10 cigs a day and has pre-eclampsia, placenta previa, and gestational diabetes. She has been on disability since Thanksgiving. Don't smoke.
#3 Katrina Rose EDD 4/29/02
I quit smoking cold turkey with this pregnancy after 9 years of smoking. No shock for the baby, nothing but positive affects here and we're both doing great. This is my first child but I was pregnant 3 times before this and lost all to miscarriage. I continued to smoke each of those 3 times, cutting back quite a bit, but still smoking a few a day. I can't blame the miscarriages on my smoking, but I can't not point the blame there either because we just don't know. You never know and would probably be pretty upset if something happened. I'd quit sooner rather than later.
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I smoked a little between 5-10 a day when I was pregnant and my daughter is as healthy as a horse and was actually born slightly overweight. Do you smoke yourself? I'f you don't when it comes to secondhand smoke I say don't be afraid to tell someone, even if you don't know them very well to take it else where. Most people will be polite enough and if you do run into a jerk who won't, do you really want to be around them in the first place?
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Thanks for all the replys, The baby is doing is great so far! I did smoke, but I'm am quiting, I've been cutting down, and I smoked less then five a day - and now I can't even finish one, so I am trying and thank you for all the support! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
With my first, 8 years ago, I smoked a pack a day, then I found out I was pregnant. I immediately went to 10 a day then about a week later went to 5 a day. The 5 a day hung on for about 2-3 weeks. Then I went to about 1-2 a day or every other day, I did that for about a month. I had a very difficult time giving up my after dinner cigarette, that was the one I still crave today. I think it is a bad habit, and its definately not healthy for you or the baby. Cut down as much as you can, and quit if you can too. Don't teach your kids the bad habit by picking it up again after the baby is born. All it takes is will power to just say no to buying them at the store. I tried them a couple of times after the baby was born, it smelled so good. But after 15 months of not smoking, they tasted so baaaad! I haven't wanted one near my mouth since. But I still wish for that after dinner relaxation cigarette. You can do it too, quit for the baby and teach them a healthy life style, hey floss your teeth instead, make that your new habit!