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Smoking

Baby > Growth and Development > Smoking

Probably everyone by now knows the danger of smoking but there are still mothers who don't realize the dangers of second and what is now being called third hand smoke (smoke residue found in carpet and furniture.

Studies have recently shown that babies who are exposed to second hand smoke develop more coughs and wheezes, are more prone to asthma, develop more ear infections and show a higher level of bronchitis, croup and pneumonia than babies who are smoke free.

There is even evidence that indicates a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is found in babies who inhale second hand smoke.



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JessieH (671.7 days ago)
I smoke one cigarette every Friday evening (during this preganancy and my first). It gives me something to look forward to- besides the beautiful baby!!! It is a small and selfish `reward` that I convinced myself will not effect the child in any way.

I mean, think about it. Until the 80s- women were still smoking 1-2 packs a day while pregnant. All of those people are grown adults now. My husband, SIL and mother are three people whose mothers smoked throughout their pregnancies-heavily. They have no health problems to speak of. We went from a society that doesn`t give a rat`s a$$ about introduced toxins in the fetal environment to a society that is completely paranoid about everything!

I say, if you can do things in moderation- a cigarette a week, a glass of wine a month- go for it. If you cannot control yourself, then stop completely. I know I am going to receive some backlash for this comment, but I don`t care. My kid has been exposed to the bare minimum in regards to toxic cigarette smoke. And I truly believe she`ll be a stronger person for it after she is born.





meekspirit00 (1109.7 days ago)
I stopped smoking the day i found 2 lines on a HPT, cold turkey.

my guilty conscience rules me, how I managed the cravings was drink alot of water, went for walks, took a shower to comfort myself because you cant smoke in the shower lol ( well i suppose you can, but i never had luck with it LOL), and would I put my hand on my tummy whenever I craved a cigarette, imagining my baby would cry or beg me to stop abusing her/him before she/he was born, my conscience can be a cruel monster, but, the truth hurts when reality sets in.

i have been a smoker for 27 years, but in my pregnancies, i stoppd for the love of my child and I could wait out the 9 months till baby was born before i started up again (after they were born) ( stupid me on my part, havign to torture myself over and over again :( )
FACT: after 3 solid weeks of absolute NO smoking and NO NRT( nicotine replacement therapy) the nicotine is out of your system.

after that it is soley the habit your fighting against, I keep suckers on hand, for the hand to mouth habit, and took up crocheting a blanket for my sweet bundle of joy.
it is a labor of love to stop smoking while your pregnant. and anyone can do it for at least the duration of their pregnancy.I did it, and i loved to smoke!

my 2 oldest children who are grown up now, Do NOT smoke! i thank my lucky stars for that.
i had half a mind when i did start back up, i was a severe closet smoker , hiding it from them, smelling like a 2 bit whore with cheap cologne and lots of changing of clothes and washing laundry and never ever smoke around them or get caught by them, as it would devestate me of why i hate myself so much to hurt myself, what will they do without me? they are my babies and i am commiting slow suicide in front of them, No i cared to much for my kids, but i hid my dirty secret for years and felt just as guilty.

I do not plan on taking it up again, as i an now 44 years old, pregnant with my 3rd child. out of 5 pregnancies, 3 of them ended in a loss. I wont take a gamble on the life of my child they are so so precisous.

I do not judge against others of those who continue to smoke, i only pity that the stronghold of cigarette smoking has on us who have been through it first hand.

if you need someone to talk to that has been there like I have, you may contact me for support, add me as a contact, i will talk you off the ledge while your craving is beating you up.

At least being able to bitch about not being to smoke to someone else who understands that kind of pain of withdrawl will at least take your mind off of it for that moment anyway.

Good luck and congradulations on your new life ahead, as a non smoker and your new baby.
Peace, Love and Joy to you all
love,
--Meekspirit





Rosie (1598 days ago)
Have you managed to stop smoking with your pregnancy? How did you manage it?







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