Does smoking a few cigarettes a day hurt my unborn baby?

Kourtney - posted on 06/08/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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ive tried quitting but im always getting stressed hes very active so i kno hes doin ok it just scares me if somethin was to happen id nvr stop blaming myself:(

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Melissa - posted on 06/08/2011

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I'm probably going to get some backlash from this, but personally if it's really only a few cigs (3 tops) a day, I wouldn't be all that concerned. Obviously cigarettes are not good for you or the baby, and there is always a risk, but I think there's a lot more to be concerned about than a few cigarettes. Personally, I tried to quit during my first pregnancy and had a really hard time with it. So I allowed myself 2-3 cigarettes a day. I always felt guilty, but my son was born 10lb 3oz and out of 10 scored 9.9 on the APGAR test (regardless of being born via cesarean which USUALLY results in respiratory issues, which he did not have). I'm pregnant with my second now and for whatever reason I just randomly stopped smoking. I even consciously told myself that I wasn't going to stress about quitting, but then I realized it had been days since I'd even had a craving. It's been about a month for me now and I don't miss smoking at all lol. Again, I don't condone it or suggest it, I'm simply saying you don't need to really stress that much about it. If you really have a hard time quitting I would suggest to switch to American Spirits, they're all natural and don't contain any of the harmful chemicals other brands do.

Whitney - posted on 10/15/2012

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My mom smoked EVERYDAY of her pregnancy with me and I am 25... If your body is use to the cigarettes is is more dangerous to send your body into shock by trying to quit all in one whop. Try to reduce your smoking. if you smoke a pack a day, ration your cigaretts out to 10 a day, then 5 untill you are only smoking 1 or 2.

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Quitting would, obviously, be best for your baby AND yourself, but I've heard that sometimes the stress of trying to quit is harder on the baby than a couple of cigarettes.

Bottom line... I'd keep trying to quit. Chew gum, take a walk, whatever helps keep your mind off of it. Come up w/ other stress relieving strategies, but if you slip a bit... don't beat yourself up and don't stress about it. If you truly feel you can't quit... keep cutting down. Ration them out throughout the day/week, etc....

Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 06/08/2011

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Ok, I don't think there's really any reason to full out scare the crap out of the poor girl. There's been several studies in the past year that show that SIDS is linked to a weak connection in the spinal cord and brain stem. Kourtney, talk to your doctor. Be honest with him/her. Of course there are risks when smoking while pregnant, but don't lose sleep over it. Simply be honest with your doctor and go from there.

Krista - posted on 06/08/2011

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Just because he's very active, that does not mean that he is not being harmed by the smoke. My mom was exposed to a lot of second-hand smoke throughout my pregnancy, and while I was born a healthy baby, I have always been prone to respiratory problems.

It's worth trying to find healthier methods to deal with your stress. Like you said, if something were to happen, you'd never forgive yourself. So why take that risk if you can avoid it?

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Celeste - posted on 06/08/2011

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Yes it does. The surgeon general states that it does and medically is linked to low birth weight and other developmental problems. Getting pregnant is a huge responsibility because your body is not just yours anymore. You are taking on the responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for your baby. Now would be the best time to stop smoking.. Secondhand smoke is really bad too once your baby is born. Even if the baby is not around you while you are smoking..did you know that just the chemicals that are on your clothes are enough to cause your baby to have asthma, pre-disposed to certain cancers, and even SIDS? I highly recommend researching the information for the sake of your baby.. I have a half brother whose step-mom had a little girl. They smoked in the house with her, and she was in the other room sleeping. She died from SIDS.. Also, they get more ear infections too. I know you want to provide the best for your baby.. I cannot judge mamas because I know how hard it is...I related stopping the habit of smoking to a habit of eating under stress..BUT I know you CAN do it!!!! Take one day at a time..talk to your doctor because I also know anything you stop while pregnant suddenly can have an adverse reaction on the baby too..Gradually cut back each day until you are down to like a cigerette in the morning and at night and then try stopping all together.. Kourtney, the reason they are born so small is the lack of oxygen to their little bodies.. If you do not have any children yet..I know this little man is going to change your life.. You can do anything for him.. Good luck dear! I wish you the best..

Lise - posted on 06/08/2011

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I don't know the technical answer but I personally wouldn't risk it. Each cigarette hurts your body (every one), so it may hurt your baby.

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