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Smoking poses a big threat to your pregnancy and to the health of your child. Smoking also makes it hard for a woman to conceive a baby.
How does smoking affect the baby?
The carbon monoxide, nicotine and other poisonous substances that you inhale through a cigarette first move to your blood stream, and are then directly passed to your baby in the womb. When a pregnant woman smokes, the level of oxygen in the body is lowered which causes a deficiency of it for the mother and the baby. Apart from this, smoking also:
Effects of Passive smoking on the baby
Passive smoking is a combination of the smoke that a smoker exhales and smoke from a cigarette that is burning. The smoke coming off a burning cigarette is known to contain larger amount of harmful substances than smoke that is inhaled by a smoker. A continued passive smoking increases the chance of your baby developing heart diseases, lung cancer, different allergies, emphysema, asthma and also other health issues. Babies who are continually exposed to passive smoking have a reduced capacity of the lungs and are at a risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
How to quit smoking Before/During pregnancy
There are a large number of programmes available that aid in smoking cessation. Some tips are given below:
The sooner a mother to be quits smoking, the healthier it will be for her and for the child. The best would be to quit it prior to getting pregnant. Some women think that moving to mild or light cigarettes would be safe, but it is a wrong notion. It is best to quit smoking in order to have a perfectly healthy baby.