Q for Quitting Smoking during Pregnancy

Smoking kills

We usually read this words on cigarettes packets. But do you ever take a pause while reading these two words? No, you don’t. You are confidence enough that One cigarette never kills and I’m haveing just one.

Research has shown that woman have done smoking during pregnancy can increase the risk of mental disorders, low birth weight and cognitive abnormalities in their babies. So, what are you thinking? Opt to quit Smoking during Pregnancy.

The best gift You can give your baby is by quitting SMOKING During Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy is one of those drugs sources that prove to be fatal. Every cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals. Some of these chemicals like nicotine readily crosses the placenta, that can lead to neurodevelopment disorders. Smoking restricts the oxygen supply to the fetus, hence your baby’s heart rate increases.

It’s difficult to quit smoking, but for the sake of your baby’s health, it’s never late to quit.

What are the effects of Smoking during Pregnancy on my baby?

Exposure to cigarette smoke can lead to many health problems for your baby.  The major effects of  smoking during pregnancy are 

  • Increased miscarriage rate
  • IUGR ( Intra Uterine Growth Retardation ) like low birth weight.
  • The increase in Still Birth and Perinatal mortality.
  • Premature birth rate increases.
  • mental disorders like schizophrenia
  • Congenital anomalies.
  • cognitive disorders.
  • respiratory disorders like asthma.

Research has shown that 5% fetal weight decreases on per pack cigarette consumption per day.

How to quit Smoking During Pregnancy?

Despite increased public awareness of the dangers of smoking on cigarettes package, smoking still persists and even increases. It’s observed that women have more difficulty quitting smoking compared to men.

Tips to quit smoking during pregnancy

 

1. Cold Turkey Method: Quit smoking all of a sudden, it’s tough but successful method.

2. Gradually stopping: Decrease the number of cigarettes consumed in a pattern.

3. Eat Mouth fresheners: Eating chewing gums or other fresheners can keep your mouth busy and helps you quit smoking.

4. Indulge in the hobby: Look for a new hobby like reading books, painting or go for meditation, helps you quit smoking.

5. The nicotine patch – It’s one of the methods to quit smoking. My advice? Skip this method and quit smoking naturally, as it has side effects.

Apart from this Supportive counseling should be done. Questioning and awareness should be frank and supportive. I’ll hazard of smoking during pregnancy on both mother and fetus should be clearly explained and motivation to quit smoking.

Do mediation, Stay active. Use mouth fresheners when you feel the urge to smoke.Read the book, start the new hobby. Be strong and determined and Trust yourself that you can do it.

Benefits of quitting smoking during pregnancy

The sooner you quit smoking the better it is. Quitting smoking reduces the chances of complications associated with pregnancy as we discussed above.




  • DISCLAIMER: The content in this post is purely meant for educational purpose only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice

Dr Bushra

Gynaecologist by profession~~Food ,Health,lifestyle,Freelance Blogger~~social media influencer~~writer at heart~~Email for collaboration

13 thoughts on “Q for Quitting Smoking during Pregnancy

  • April 18, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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    The hazards are really fatal. One must not smoke in pregnancy under any circumstances. I agree.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm
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      Yes and it’s very difficult to quit. Thanks ?

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  • April 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm
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    I can’t even imagine smoking during pregnancy – there are so many negative factors that affect the developing baby – as a mother it’s your responisibility to give them the best start possible and to not smoke around your children once they’re born too.
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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    • April 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm
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      Agreed with you thanks ?

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  • April 19, 2017 at 8:18 pm
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    Oh man! I can’t believe you actually have to tell women to do that!
    I have a stationery store in my local neighborhood market. And a lot of young guys come and sit on the stairs here and smoke. I can’t understand how people can be so sensitive as to smoke in areas where they know kids are present!

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    • April 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm
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      Yes it’s especially in rural and metro areas where smoking and alcohol consumption is so common.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 1:49 am
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    I have never smoked and can’t even stand the smell! This is such a great topic and hopeful those that heed your advice will continue to be smoke free even after the baby arrives.

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  • April 21, 2017 at 10:49 am
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    in general i don’t like smoking and dont like anyone smoking in front of me. During pregnancy i even quit coffee, wine, mint coolers and all those things that Google said were bad for the baby!

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    • April 21, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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      thanks 🙂

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  • May 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm
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    Very nice and detailed Bushra! As a doctor you have done justice by giving a complete report of the health problems caused due to smoking during pregnancy

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