Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: A | 2008/09/03

Q.

SMOKING WHEN PREGNANT

Please give me advise on smoking during pregnancy. My wife is pregnant with our first child and is smoking about 10 a day.
I want her to stop smoking but she refuse. What effect will this have on my baby ?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your wife should definitely not smoke during pregnancy. This affects the baby's growth and infants of mothers who smoke are often born smaller than the average. The risk of premature birth is increased. There is an increased risk of illnesses like asthma in infants and young children whose mother's smoked during pregnancy.

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Posted by: Pam | 2008/09/03

There could be no " side affects" , but the risks are very high. What if something went wrong? Should she be able to forgive herself for her selfishness? I would say your baby comes first! Every parent wants to do whats best for their child and the best thing would be to stop smoking - rather safe than sorry!!!

I personally think that pregnant woman that smokes and use alcohol are stupid and selfish!!!

Reply to Pam
Posted by: Mom | 2008/09/03

Ideally it' s definitely best to stop, however I smoked through both my pregnancies (less than 10) and all was fine. Both birth weights were above average and they definitely did not develop slower after birth or struggle when they first went to school. It was solely a personal choice.

Reply to Mom
Posted by: A | 2008/09/03

Thx guys, i am really very worried.

Reply to A
Posted by: Anon | 2008/09/03

Your wife risks premature birth and low birth weight for your baby, with the complications that go hand in hand with that such a separation of the placenta (which feeds the baby) from the uterus. The organs of the baby do not develop as well, because the bloodflow to the fetus is restricted due to the smoking - the carbon monoxide levels in the fetus is 10-15% higher than that of the smoking mother. The risk of stillbirth is increased. The risk of neonatal death in the first 28 days is increased. The risk of SIDS - sudden infant death syndrome is much higher. The baby develops slower after birth, and also struggle more when they first go to school.

Hope this convinces your wife!

You can check out the Medical Research Councils website:
mrc.ac.za/mrcnews/feb2005/smoking.htm

Reply to Anon
Posted by: n | 2008/09/03

that is pure selfishness on her part!! No regard for your unborn child!!!

Reply to n
Posted by: Me | 2008/09/03

My friend smoked through both het pregnancy`s,less but stil.We all warned her,but theres nothing wrong with het 2 kids.Had no effect that i can see on them!

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