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The Dangers of Smoking While Pregnant The Dangers of Smoking While Pregnant

Impact of Smoking during Pregnancy

For so many years now, smoking has been a part of our lives, regardless of whether we smoke or not. And for that it has been a detrimental factor in everybody′s lives; sad to say, that includes the unborn babies.

Cigarette smoke alone is full of chemicals, some studies even state that it has more than 2,500 chemicals. Some chemicals like tar, carbon monoxide, and nicotine were considered as the most dangerous substance for the fetus. It has long been proven how these chemicals can greatly affect the development of the fetus inside the mother′s womb.

  • Mothers who smoke while pregnant run a risk of ectopic pregnancy.

  • This is especially viable when the mother is a heavy smoker during the first trimester of her pregnancy.

  • Ectopic pregnancy refers to the state wherein the embryo is embedded outside the uterus.

  • which is contrary to what a normal pregnancy should be. Usually, it is embedded in the fallopian tube. This fetus will never survive outside of the uterus, since it will be devoid of all the nourishment and protection that it needs. Prolonging this condition will only risk the mother′s life.

  • Smoking also increases the probability that the mother will develop complications in the placenta.

  • Reports show that placental problems are actually happening in about 1% of pregnancies. The most common problem is "placenta previa" where the placenta is connected very low in the uterus and is almost the cervix.

  • Another problem is the deterioration of fetal growth.

  • Smoking during pregnancy results in low infant birth weight. For so many years now, reports show that there had been significant difference between babies with smoking mothers than those who have non-smoking mothers.

  • Greater risks are imposed on babies who weigh relatively less than the normal babies.

  • They may acquire certain diseases like cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and the worst - death.

  • There are also reports on how smoking increases the probabilities of birth defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

Babies born to mothers who are smokers have higher incidences of sudden infant death syndrome. If these infants ever survive, they may still incur diseases like asthma, behavioral problems, or learning disabilities.

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