Studies show 15-20% of pregnant women smoke, putting themselves and their babies at risk. And over 1,000 babies in America alone die each year because their mothers smoked.
Among women who quit smoking during pregnancy, 40% started smoking again within 6 months after delivery, thereby once again putting the newborn infant at risk.
Impact of Smoking during Pregnancy
Maternal smoking during pregnancy contributes to a variety of infant health problems present at birth as well as long-lasting behavioral and neuro-developmental impairments and remains arguably one of the most important modifiable risk behaviors that an expectant mother can engage in.
Smoking during and after pregnancy also creates a risk factor of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is an infant death for which a cause of the death cannot be found.
Babies born to women who smoke are also more likely to have certain birth defects, like a cleft lip or cleft palate.
What Causes this Behavior ?
Nicotine is what makes you become addicted to smoking. When you smoke during pregnancy, chemicals like nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar pass through the placenta and umbilical cord into your baby’s bloodstream.
Smoking during pregnancy is bad for you and your baby. Quitting smoking, even if you’re already pregnant, can make a big difference in your baby’s life.
Can I Switch to Vaping?
Although the aerosol of e-cigarettes generally has fewer harmful substances than cigarette smoke, e-cigarettes and other products containing nicotine are not safe to use during pregnancy.
Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies and can damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs. Also, some of the flavorings used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to a developing baby.
So yes, I do discourage switching to Vaping because it is not only very dangerous to the fetus, it also has the potential to impede the Smoker trying to stop rather than to help.
Remember, vaping is about “Harm Reduction”. Whether the harm is reduced or elevated, pregnant mothers are most likely interested in not exposing their babies to any harm at all, regardless of the level of that harm.
Furthermore, many Smokers trying to quit will vape instead, only to return to smoking later, thereby suffering extreme disappointment at their failure and losing their motivation to try again.
Pregnancy is a great time for you to quit smoking. You will feel better and have more energy to go through your pregnancy. You will also reduce your risks of future health problems.
This is a wonderful opportunity not only to reduces risks of harm to the baby, but also to reap the wonderful benefits of not smoking for yourself.
As stated above, among women who quit smoking during pregnancy, 40% started smoking again within 6 months after delivery, thereby once again putting the newborn infant at risk.
Mom needs a safe method to stop smoking that does not involve drugs of any kind. That means no prescriptions, patches pills, or potions as well as nicotine itself.
That also means that she needs a method that will enable her to not start again after the birth of her child.
At Stop for Life, we can deliver on these promises.
All you need is the decision to get started.