Smoking During Pregnancy



Smoking during pregnancy poses many risks to the health of the fetus. I can't imagine why a mother would smoke while she is pregnant. If she can put a cigarette ahead of her baby then what type of mother will she be? Smoking during a woman's pregnancy increases her chances of miscarrying her baby.

It is also connected to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is also known as crib death. It is a syndrome that is marked by the unexpected sudden death of the infant. Imagine putting your baby down to sleep in the crib and finding him/her dead when you go check up on him.

There is research showing that cigarette smoking and second hand smoke are connected to SIDS. Research provided by the US Surgeon General's Report showed that concentrations of nicotine and cotinine were found in the lungs of infants who died from SIDS.

The nicotine travels through the pregnant woman's body into her breast milk, thus transferring it to her child. This in turn affects the lungs of the baby. That's why pregnant women should stay away from people smoking. Leave the house if you have to. The pain of losing a baby is excruciating.



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