4 weeks pregnant

Brianna - posted on 12/18/2012 ( 209 moms have responded )

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so im 4 weeks pregnant i was just wondering if anyone knows what could cause a misscarage, i am a smoker so could that cause a misscarage i dont think i could handle loosing a baby i just talked the father in to supporing me with this baby

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Rachel - posted on 12/18/2012

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Smoking can put you at a higher risk but you are more likely to have a miscarriage because of natural causes. It can put more stress on your body (and baby, especially at such an early stage) if you try to quit smoking, I know alot of people will scold me for saying that but the body goes through nasty withdraws when it is so used to have something then it is suddenly taken away. If you are going to quit, wait until you are farther along in your pregnancy or even until baby is born, or if you are really unsure go and see your doctor, they will be better to advise you what path to take. Congratulations by the way!

Michelle - posted on 12/19/2012

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I suggest reading the book: Allan Carr's easy way to stop smoking. You will learn that the actual nicotine withdrawal is minimal, it's the brainwashing that we need nicotine.

Your body won't go through horrible withdrawals if you stop smoking, I've done it just recently. I thought the same way as Rachel though and had all sorts of excuses not to quit.

If I was you I would stop worrying about having a miscarriage as stress also isn't good for the baby. Just make sure you eat healthy and do everything you can to give your baby the best start.

Merrie - posted on 12/31/2012

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I quit when I found out I was pregnant and had a perfectly healthy 11 pound baby boy. Just quit as soon as you can. It may take a little time but just give it an honest effort. You will be ok :0)

Mommy - posted on 12/31/2012

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Melody, I find it disturbing the way you are lashing out. What I posted were quotes from two, reliable, peer reviewed journals. Although she did not ask about the father, it was included in the quote. HOWEVER, it very much related to the original question as it was intending to show that of course a mother smoking is dangerous, as even smoking around a pregnant woman is believed to cause potential harm to the fetus.

Now if you would like to read the links I presented and CALMLY discuss that, I would be more than happy to do that.

Nancy - posted on 01/07/2013

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I am not a doctor but have been a registered nurse for 38 years. I have worked in a neonatal nursery and in many other areas including postpartum. I have 4 children of my own all grown up now but I do know my stuff. I love nutrition and health education. I have never smoked drank and eat as healthy as I can, maintain a healthy weight and so do not look or feel 57. What we put in our bodies matters for our own health and a baby's health. You are correct about birth defects are forever and should be prevented if at all possible and most disease is nutritionally preventable. Whole food chemical free unprocessed food is the correct choice. If God didn't make it then it probably is not food.

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Jodi - posted on 02/14/2013

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Sorry ladies, we have far too much bickering in this thread, I am locking it down. Thank you to those who contributed respectfully to the conversation.

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Sharon - posted on 02/08/2013

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Smoking has resently been associated with adhd in children .Quit if u can better for both u n baby n think of all the extra money youll have for those adorable little baby clothes. ur ob ,might have suggestion of what might help but....what a great insentive u have to quit. Don't want baby to be dealing with second hand smoke. You sound like u r really trying to be a responsible parent smoking has so many health risks associated with it I m sure youll make the right decisiondecision.Congradulation

Melanie - posted on 02/03/2013

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What do you mean by "carrying on"? If you mean having sex, most pregnant women are allowed to have as much sex as is comfortable. As far as the arms over the head, it's an old wives' tale- not true.

Danielle Del - posted on 02/02/2013

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Smoking doesn't directly cause miscarraiges but it restricts the amount of oxygen getting to your baby, it also leads to low birth weight and premature labour, both of which can cause a number of problems. It is also linked to causing asthma later in life, it's linked to learning disabilities, not to mention all of the chemicals and carcinogens in cigarettes will pass directly from you to the baby while your pregnant. I don't mean to sound harsh, but quitting is possible. I was a pack a day smoker until I found out I was pregnant. I just gave it up cold turkey, told my self the baby was more important, and that I should make the best of it because that was how it had to be, and it helped dramatically. Not to mention when my morning sickness got to be so bad, the thought of a cigarette made me ill. Nicotine withdrawal is mostly psychological, so if you can get your mind past it, you'll be able to give it up. Good luck on your pregnancy, buy a book and do some research, and definitely find a doctor you like and trust for good prenatal care.

Mary - posted on 02/02/2013

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I love the way you are focused on being toxin free! So important, if we truly want to create a stronger future for our children. The BESSST healthcare in the world is preventative! We can no longer keep up with the science; it's important to trust the manufacturer! There is a 5 min video on NoToxinZone2.com that sums it up nicely! Don't pay a lot of money for safer things ! There are manufacturers that create safe and cost effective products BEFORE they put them on the shelf! You don't have to be the experiment. Where do you shop for your toxin free shamoos, lotions and soaps?

Mary - posted on 02/02/2013

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First of all, Congratulations! New life is always a sign of New hope for the world! So glad you are concerned with strengthening your immune system, knowing the importance to your child. Work with your doctor to quit smoking, as sometime (as in my case 21 years ago) quitting cold turkey can cause a miscarriage. While you are weaning your system, you can strengthen it too with creating a healthier environment. Stay away from toxins at home (in cleaning and personal care products) www.thestoryofcosmetics.org has an amazing video that unfolds the negative side to 'the latest and greatest' hair care products, creams, lotions and soaps.
But DON"T get caught up into spending a lot for safer products, I only choose responsible manufacturers that put the consumer 1st!
May you continue to be open to ways of strengthening your mind, body and spirit during this fabulous time of your life...& again, congratulations! Mary

Nikki - posted on 02/02/2013

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First of all, congratulations. Let me start by saying I was homeless, addicted to drugs, and a pack a day smoker when I found out I was pregnant, at about 8 weeks. I quit the drugs as soon as I found out as I found out I was pregnant, but the cigarettes were a lot harder. You need to see a doctor as soon as you can, if you are uninsured, apply for state insurance, social services will help you while you are pregnant. Start prenatal vitamin today. Don't stress yourself out, but cut back your smoking as much as you can. I eventually quit entirely at 5 months, after only a drag or 2 once in a while for months. Take care of yourself, but remember that sometimes spontaneous miscarriages happen. Sadly, its usually not preventable. Quitting smoking and getting good prenatal care will take away most of your risk. Good luck!
Nikki C. (Mother to a perfect 5 month old, former addict/smoker, and previously has a miscarriage)

Barbara - posted on 02/02/2013

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There are many reason that one miscarriage, but I def. would quit smoking, it cause smaller birth weights and breathing difficulites and many concerns. Stop Now!

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Many things can cause a miscarriage. Stress, poor diet, putting toxins into your body...Just about anything can be blamed in today's world. Know that our bodies have a natural defense against toxins-your body will cleanse itself by passing the toxins into your baby, to rid them from your own. More kids are born with asthma now than ever, for example. The more toxins you put into yourself, the more it will affect your unborn.

Coley - posted on 02/01/2013

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My old roommate chose to believe the few who said it was okay to smoke regularly until the third trimester. And because she always put herself before her children's needs, she smoked packs of "light" cigarettes through her miscarriage, and wondered how it happened. I quit as soon as I thought I *knew* I was pregnant and I had been smoking 2 packs a day for 5 years. It boils down to "do I love my baby more than my habit?"

Karen - posted on 02/01/2013

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If you cant quit smoking then at least try to cut down. there quit smoking support programs in canada. we have a smokers hotline and there is pregnets.org there should be programs in the usa i would think. Yes some babies turn out ok but it does affect the oxygen to the baby.

Janine - posted on 02/01/2013

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I'M ALMOST POSITIVE SMOKING IS WHAT CAUSED ME TO HAVE A MICROPREEMIE BABY. IT IS THE SCARIEST THING YOU WILL EVER GO THROUGH. . .IT'S NOT WORTH IT.

Juliann - posted on 02/01/2013

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I threatened miscarriage and the Dr said not to give up as it was too stressful for the baby but to only smoke a cigarette or two a day. My son was just fine. Now 21, was a straight A student and doesn't smoke himself. So don't stress...the baby is very protected in the womb...miscarriages are normally from genetic defect. :-) x

Michelle - posted on 02/01/2013

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Smoking is not good while pregnant on so many levels and on of them could be mis

Nicole - posted on 02/01/2013

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To anyone who realizes they're pregnant and they are a smoker: Smoking is really hard to quit. The companies that sell the most mainstream cigarettes, (here's looking at you, Marlboro,) put chemicals that are also addictive in their cigarettes, (on top of nicotine, one of the most addictive substances on the planet,) if you ARE trying to quit & finding that you just can't, what you can do first, to make it easier, is to switch to American Spirits. No, this isn't spam, I'm serious. If I had tried, (and I did, really,) to quit smoking while I was still smoking Marlboro Reds, I probably would have ended up having a miscarriage just from the stress alone. Anyone in this situation, go to your doctor, ask their advice, and make the switch to American Spirits, they're additive-free. No it's not a healthier cigarette, but it is a cigarette that is easier to quit smoking. (And no, I'm trying to quit now, it's not *that* much easier, it'll just give you, and your baby, a leg-up.)

Melody Mendez - posted on 01/30/2013

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I've never said on one post smoking is good for your unborn baby? I just have my opioion that while I was pregant less than 6 months ago what my doctor told ME. We are all moms here and and should have respect for each and everyone's opioion. This is Brianna's post Wonting advice for her , wheather it be to quit or cut down. No mother is perfect and I'm sure have done things while they were pregnant that was persay "UNHEALTHY" or maybe selfish? Brianna you are going to do great I'm sure since now you have been to a doctor and you got a DOCTORS OPIOION I hope this all worked out for you and your unborn child! "GO AWAY" very childish and selfish" come on moms lets stick to Brianna's thread??????? Help her threw this emotional time which we all know is hard regardless if you smoke or not! Thanks to some of these moms that have personally e-mailed me about this thread. But all I won't to do is support Brianna as I've tried to from day one she asked this question. Good luck Brianna and GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!

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My mom smoked when she was pregnant with me. I know doctors say don't smoke while your pregnant. I never smoked in my life and miscarried a child. I would ask your doctor and what he thinks. Oh, congratulations and hope you have a great pregnancy and healthy baby.

Muthoni - posted on 01/30/2013

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Please stop smoking. I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years, I don't smoke but I wish you well in your journey to motherhood.

Susan - posted on 01/29/2013

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I had a miscarriage in my first trimester and it was very difficult for me ... not only because of the baby but because my husband did not show any emotion about it at first ... I was 40 . And one of the things that can cause a miscarriage from what my Dr . told me is not eating right. Make sure you eat a healthy diet including vitamins and folic acid.
Congrats and have fun ... I loved being pregnant!

Martha - posted on 01/29/2013

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Your story is a very good example of long term effects. Thank you for sharing Groovy Girl2! :)

Aliaa Dwain - posted on 01/29/2013

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Actually I hate smoking, and mothers for the sake of their babies please do not smoke , smoking is not good at all why you harm your lungs , spoil your teeth and smell bad .

Groovy Girl - posted on 01/28/2013

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My mom smoked when she was pregnant with me. I was really healthy until I was about nine. I got diagnosed with asthma. I am 43 now and I am getting worse every year. Since I have been on so many antibiotics all my life for chest infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, there are many antibiotics that don't work for me anymore. I am put on a plethora of meds due to my asthma including steroids and many trips to the hospital. My doctor said she sees this all the time in older children and adults whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and afterward too. Sure some people get lucky and are ok even though their moms smoked. But I can tell u I sure wish my mom didn't and I know my 12 and 9 year olds wish their mommy wasn't sick all the time. Good luck

Martha - posted on 01/28/2013

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3rd hand smoke is the worst kind of smoke. It's when the nicotine is on your clothes, hair, air, and have a baby in the mix. I knew a man who had esphagus cancer and never smoked in his life. He blamed his parents for smoking in the house all the time, and would have to fan his way through a cloud of smoke just to see his way to the kitchen. They would also have all the windows rolled up in the car while smoking with him as a child in the car. I know this seems drastic & was long back before people knew the severity.

I admit I'm not a smoker. I don't even like coffee. My addiction is chocolate and I wish I could stop. I know it's all about will power, but if anyone have any advice I'd love to hear.

Thanks!

Nicette - posted on 01/28/2013

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If u dnt wnt to lose this baby then I suggest u yo stop smoking for the 9 months, cause: f u dnt it can cause baby to have defects or other health problems

Melody Mendez - posted on 01/28/2013

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It's crazy how Andrea says stay on the topic but all she she wont's to do is bash people! I think there's another website for that!!!!!

Andrea - posted on 01/28/2013

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there are lots of reputable sites online that will tell you what is safe and what isn't. smoking definitely isn't good for your baby, so if you can give it up while you're pregnant, it's probably best. don't go tanning or get in hot tubs...raising your body temperature too much isn't good. the obvious don't drink, do drugs, take medications (except on the advice of your doctor)....
take care of yourself, and your baby will be taken care of..... sometimes unfortunately things happen that we have no control over, but at least you will know you took the best care you could (should what you're worrying about happen...)

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2013

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I feel like I need to tell you, that I also smoke and did with my first pregnancy all the way through to the day they took in an emergency c-section. All of my appointments were fine and normal. One Friday I had high blood pressure, so they ordered stress tests for that Monday. I went in for the tests and didn't come out for four days. It turns out that I was leaking fluid slowly and with an already smaller sack than most (because of the smoking) my daughter couldn't breathe when I laid on my back or right side. I was extremely lucky! I could of lost her in my 36th week of pregnancy. She was barely 5 pounds and only 15 in long because the sack had sunk and with low fluid there was no room for her to grow. It was a hard lesson to learn. I know lots of people that smoked, or did other things that may end up being harmful or normal people that do everything right and still have rough pregnancies or deliveries. Just please keep in mind that it can happen to anyone so why take the extra chance.

I started smoking again between the next pregnancy but quit when I found out and I did not have any of the past things happen again. Good Luck To You!

Shaeanna - posted on 01/28/2013

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I am 6 months pregnant. I didn't know I was pregnant at 4 weeks and I am a smoker. I smoked throughout my whole first pregnancy. As long as you take care of you your unborn baby should be just fine.

Michelle - posted on 01/27/2013

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I was a smoker 2 packs a day when I realized I was pregnant. I quit immediately. You can do it. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 01/27/2013

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STOP SMOKING!!!! It may not cause a miscarriage BUT you are hurting that innocent life.

Melodie - posted on 01/27/2013

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I won't tell you to stop smoking because I smoked for 35 years and just recently quit. You know that's not the best choice. Also be aware most women have at least 5 most without knowing they are pregnant. The best thing you can do is see a doctor asap and ask them all your questions.

Tina - posted on 01/27/2013

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Don't smoke. The baby is your biggest concern now. If you want this baby, then worry only about this baby. You know smoking isn't good for you. Why would u smoke knowing you are carrying this baby. U need to put everything aside and focus on how u would be harming this baby.

Julia - posted on 01/27/2013

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Smoking does cause low birth weight and most people will be extremely mean about quitting because they don't realize how how hard it is exactly to quit smoking. in my last trimeste but I limited it you wanted t 2 cigar but I limited it to one to two 2cigarettes a day. Was it hard yes very hard to find myself trying to very hard to find myself trying to quit. research what foods to avoid what vitamins and minerals research what foods to avoid what vitamins and minerals to avoid there are a lot of web sites out there that can help I would suggest asking your doctor and doing a bit of solo research. And remember if you love your child in the end it's always worth it

Bridget - posted on 01/27/2013

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Concentrate on positive thoughts.. that is the best thing you can do for your health.

Lisa - posted on 01/26/2013

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The risk is higher to have a miscarriage. My challenge to you is this: stop smoking! Now if it were just that simple-- Find someone to keep you accountable and stick with it. Not only will you feel better during the pregnancy, but your baby and budget will thank you!

JAI - posted on 01/26/2013

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What u need to do is quit smoking and see a doctor asap. Smoking can cause low birth weight. There are many reasons why a woman can miscarry. Just take your doctor's advice. And you will have a healthy baby. Congratulations!

Christa - posted on 01/26/2013

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There are many things that can cause a miscarriage....first of all RELAX!!! Too much stress and high blood pressure can cause problems...drinking, drugs, and smoking can cause a miscarriage.
Medications can cause a miscarriage, so if there are medications you take on a regular basis, check with your HCP to make sure there aren't any contradictions.
Unless you have been riding every day all ready...now in not the time to take up horse back riding.
Congratulations on your pregnancy...I wish him or her a life time of health and happiness

Julia - posted on 01/26/2013

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Nicotine is a drug that passes through the placenta. Smoking constricts your Bood vessels. When a pregnant woman smokes it is like putting a blood pressure cuff on your arm. It gets tighter and tighter as it is pumped up. Then as the pressure valve is released the blood comes shooting through because of all the pressure. That is what Nicotine does to the uterus and the blood vessels in the fetus. This can casuse Growth restriction to the baby Poor oxygenation for cells to grow in critical areas, like brain cells and Heart and lung cells. The constriction of the blood vessels and the pressure of the return blood flow from when the Nicotine drug is lower in the blood stream can cause the fetus to have a stroke before the baby is born. Which may cause learning disabilities or even Cerebral Palsy. Miscarriage is the least of the Serious issues related to Smoking in Pregnancy. Hope you can Stop this unhealthy habit as soon as possible .

Melissa - posted on 01/26/2013

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Lots of things can cause miscarriage. One of the worst things smoking can cause though is low birth weight, and the placenta is not as healthy with smoking. I know women who quit cold turkey while they are pregnant to give their baby the best start possible.

Mary Ellen - posted on 01/26/2013

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Please buy those blue cigarettes is to pretend your smoking. You need to have a healthy baby. Take care

Kelly - posted on 01/26/2013

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Well quit smoking! You have decided to have your baby so the most you can do is give him or her the best start in life! I think its selfish not to really..

Courtney - posted on 01/26/2013

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Yes, smoking could be a possibility, however I smoked with both of my children, call me selfish but I don't care. And they were and are perfect. There are many contributing factors. If you tried to quit just after you found out could put more stress on you and your baby! Sometimes its just natures way of saying, "not just yet" Don't ever let anyone EVER tell you it's the only factor!!!

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