Between the cigarette and your child, the decision is simple and final: Farewell tobacco! If your pregnancy provides you the motivation you need, be sure of one thing: it will be tough struggle. This is why Kwit proposes a guideline for a tobacco-free pregnancy.
October 26, 2018
Once the immeasurable happiness you felt from the news has subsided, a new thought – far less joyful — crosses your mind and quietly starts to settle: how will I manage to stop smoking for good? The days go by and you don’t light a single cigarette, but you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and one question keeps coming back: is smoking this harmful for my baby? Your numerous medical appointments have convinced you that tobacco and pregnancy are not compatible.
This extremely hazardous combination is well-known and yet underestimated. Around 10% of women in France keep on smoking during the last three months of their pregnancy.
Tobacco dramatically enhances the risks of extra-uterine pregnancy, premature childbirth or placental abruption. To put it simply, it multiplies the risks of having complications during the delivery for both the baby and the mother.
Consuming tobacco during the pregnancy is also dangerous for the baby’s development. The chances of Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are multiplied by 3, while it is common to see insufficient intra-uterine growth when babies have been exposed to cigarettes’ deadly smoke. The effects are visible as soon as the baby is born because of differences in size or weight, but also unfit lungs which prove incapable of working without exterior medical assistance. Researchers have shown that cigarettes’ components cause an imbalance which can alter the neuronal development of the fetus. As they grow, these children will have health issues such as asthma and respiratory disorders, hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral disorders and will have a lower IQ compared to children at the same age. It seems that the effects of tobacco don’t cause the same health issues with boys and girls. Young girls who have been in contact with tobacco during their fetal development will have a premature puberty and start menstruating between 8 and 10 years old, which increases significantly the risks of breast and uterus cancer. On the other hand, young boys are more likely to have liver problems.
You managed to stop smoking during 9 months by making of your baby’s well-being and health the top priority, why ruin everything now? Your baby is still an infant and should not be exposed to tobacco more often.
Here are 5 reasons why you should not resume your smoking habit after giving birth to your child:
Don’t become part of the 82% of women who resume their smoking habit after giving birth. Think about all the efforts you made during your pregnancy and seize this opportunity to operate a complete withdrawal from tobacco.
I smoke, what are the consequences for my child?
You are a parent, you smoke and you want to know the consequences smoking has on your children? Kwit answers all your questions in this article.