do people out there really still think its ok to smoke even a little,during pregnancy?

Shannon - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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seriously women out there still think its ok to smoke even just a little during pregnancy? Let me know if there is info out there that I am unaware of I am a smoker who quit when igot preg. so did I quit for nothing?

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Cookie - posted on 02/06/2010

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I work in an ER and we get kids all the time with respiratory problems and illnesses related to their parents smoking. Even when kids smell smoke on their parents clothes it triggers problems with allergies and asthma. I think it is extremely selfish for parents to smoke with their children. It's mainly psychological ......patients can always quit easily when they find out they have lung cancer......I ask them this all the time and believe me they have lots of regrets when it is too late.
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Jodi - posted on 02/05/2010

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Ok, I am going to say that I smoked a little during pregnancy - I just couldn't kick the habit entirely and couldn't let go of those last few a day I smoked. But I feel guilty about it every day and I cannot BELIEVE ANYONE thinks it is ok. It is not ok. It is not okay that I did it. I'm not going to go into personal details, but I will say my children are perfectly fine too. BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE IT OK in any way, shape or form whatsoever. I was LUCKY that my kids are ok. Anyone saying smoking during pregnancy is ok is absolutely kidding themselves just to make themselves feel better.

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IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT GIVING UP WHILE PREGNANT CAN CAUSE MORE PROBLEMS FOR MOTHER AND BABY. IN SOME CASES.SO MANY JUST CUT DOWN.



I had a terrible second pregnancy with complications &i don't smoke or drink.my baby was 6lbs and under growth.My neighbours two of them were smoking like chimneys and drinking not as much as smoking and the had great pregnancies and babies over average weight.it made me mad to see.one of the girls had a miscarriage before this preg and she still smoking away but i guess its not my place to judge but it does tick me off.so many things go wrong with out doing anything & people are still willing to do stuff that are known in most cases to cause problems for the baby and the mother.its an addiction and its hard to kick even when pregnant.

Melissa - posted on 02/06/2010

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No people do not think its okay to smoke even a little during pregnancy but just remember smoking is an addiction and some people have addictive personalities that are more prone to be unsuccessful in their attempts - im speaking from experience here every smoke I had while I was pregnant made me feel absolutely disgusted with myself and I always said it was going to be the last one and sure enough I managed to quit for good around 2 -3 months pregnant - I still regret it, feel bad about it and do not think for 1 second it was okay at all - for me the addiction was extremely strong I was very dependant on cigarettes but I did it in the end better late than never. Lucky for me my son is healthy, thriving and no probs at all not even a cold yet - I consider myself very very lucky......

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Even on the packet it says "smoking is a health hazard" doesn't that tell you anything??

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Karen - posted on 02/06/2013

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For those who have doctos who say smoking is not harmful then those doctors are not current. please see pregnets.org it is health professionals. it is research based and the information understands smoking is an addiction.we also recognize ntrying to quit is not easy. reducing the amount is ok. even that is helping the baby.

Allison - posted on 02/06/2010

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hi shannon,ive got 2 kids 1 is 11, and the other is nearly 4, with my 1st i was craving cigs n was smoking 80 a day she came out at 7lb 14oz and not a thing wrong with her,my 2nd i cut down t hardly any a day, n he came out at 6lb 3oz, and as had 1 thing after another wrong with him.in my opinion its down t personal choice, everyone is differant, and if we did everything the experts told us t do then we wudnt even b able t breath without someone saying we were doing that wrong aswell.

Shannon - posted on 02/06/2010

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Thank you all for your posts!..very helpful I am just glad the smell made me SIck during the first tri mester.....but I still drank coffee lol Again thanks its nice to get a wider veiw on such a topic,

Danielle - posted on 02/06/2010

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i DO NOT think it is ok..just my personal opinion....i found out i was pregnant at about 3 months and the DAY i found out i stopped smoking..and i will always feel guilty for smoking during the early period of my pregnancy,,,if my daughter ever develops asthma i will blame myself for smoking. and hate myself for it!.

My mum smoked through all her pregnancies because back then although they knew smoking was bad they had NO IDEA how bad it actually was...
I have severe asthma..when i get it its horrible, i have been in hospital quite a few times when i was younger and evertime i get asthma i ave to take EVERYTHING under the sun and still end up having o take prednisone...yeah i know i smoked but honestly my asthma is that bad that smoking didnt make it worse....
I dont blame my mum for smoking but i would HATE anyone to have it as bad as i do and i honestly believe it is more prevalent in children who's mum's smoked while pregnant

Kelsey - posted on 02/06/2010

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I dont think its ok, but I have been told by my doctor that the nicotine doesnt get to the baby, and the only thing it does is constrict your blood vessels causing your baby to get less oxygen while smoking, which is what sometimes causes lower birth weight or preterm labor.

Charlene - posted on 02/05/2010

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Oh but Krista, those studies probably were funded by the government and you can't trust the government, no way. They are all conspirators. (Sarcasm)



My mom smoked all through all five of her pregnancies and smoked around us all our lives. Two of my sisters have had severe asthma since they were infants, my other sister had a very low birth weight and we all have been plagued with many more colds and other illnesses than children from smoke free homes. It absolutely baffles me that there are still people that believe that smoking is not THAT bad for your unborn child.

Krista - posted on 02/05/2010

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Yep, there are still women out there who think that it's fine to smoke during pregnancy, because they know women who did, who have healthy babies.

They don't seem to understand that if you smoke while pregnant, it increases the odds that there will be health issues with the baby. It doesn't guarantee it, but it does increase the odds.

We had a very long and heated thread about this awhile back, where I kept reminding people that yes, there are always exceptions, but the statistics DO show, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that prenatal smoking does greatly increase the risk of a whole host of bad effects on your baby. But for some people, anecdotal evidence trumps decades worth of clinical studies.

Lindie - posted on 02/05/2010

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Good on you Shannon! I agree smoking during pregnancy is just awful! I too am an ex smoker and quit to get pregnant and now that Ihave my kids I have no intention of starting as i feel it would be a bad example and I couldn't even contemplate smoking near them!

Karen - posted on 02/05/2010

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hi shannon,iv had 3 kids n iv smoked through all my pregnancies!there has been nothing wrong with my kids?i dont smoke around them though i go outside.

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