do any of you mothers smoke during ur pregnancey???

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Cassie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Laura:

I love it that ppl judge women who smoke when they are pregnant!! Obviously you all are NON smokers! You have no idea how hard it is to quit smoking! Do you really believe everything Dr's tell you??? We make our own decisions!! My mother smoked with all 3 of her children, no health problems whatsoever!! I smoked with my first child and he was 8pds 4 oz and 1 week overdue and no health problems to date. So quit judging ppl, its not your job to judge, its GODS!!


I smoked before I was pregnant, and I had no problem quiting. My childs health was more important than my nicotine fix.

Jessica - posted on 12/21/2009

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i agree with u to some point for the fact of moms using the "stress" as an excuse i quit with this one cold turkey but with my first one it would have been more harmful to quit everything at once and would have killed my daughter and i had three different doctors opinion but my situation was quitting herion and crack and cigs so of course the drugs went cold turkey no methodone or anything, but ciggerates had to wait another two months and i had to wean off them but by 5 months preg i didnt smoke there is no reason to smoke the entire time like i said my situation was different, but all the moms saying Oh i am bipolar or oh i have high stress levels, they are using excuses because if I can work with a doctor to quit highly addictive drugs and cigs without harming my child they dont have any reason they are just selfish and stupid because i started smoking again after i gave birth to makayla but with the child i am preg with now i quit cigs cold turkey the day i took the at home test and it was positive....

Jodi - posted on 12/20/2009

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Quoting Kevlyn:

To all these people that are saying that they do not believe what the doctor would tell you not to quit:
I am on my third pregnancy. I have smoked with all three. None of my children have had any problems from it. I have had three different doctors. All three of them doctors told me the same thing. If I was going to quit then I did not need to do it cold turkey and if it was going to put me under more stress then it wasn't worth it. there is nothing to prove that smoking effect the baby nor is there proof that it causes cancer. I do have to say that with each pregnancy I have cut way back and since I got pregnant the first time no one is allowed to smoke in the house b/c i did not want my babies sleeping in smoke. I also breast fed with one of my children and she took the milk fine even though i was a smoker. I read in an above post saying that a baby would not take breast milk from a smoker b/c of the taste. That is not at all true.



Alright, this is kind of ridiculous...but here I go anyways...no, you don't have to quit cold turkey, but it really isn't THAT stressful to wean yourself off of cigarettes! Perhaps you (and other mother's too) use the doctors warning as an excuse...saying it's too stressfull when in fact you just don't want to! Not saying this is fact...but that is how I see it.



there is nothing to prove that smoking effect the baby nor is there proof that it causes cancer.



  REALLY?! There have been THOUSANDS of studies done on the effects of nicotine on fetuses AND adults, those who smoke and those who inhale second hand smoke. All confirm that smoking can cause cancer and can harm, disfigure or even KILL a fetus!!!  I have posted a link of just ONE site among MILLIONS that can inform you of the dangers of smoking. Perhaps you should take a read before you start claiming that the earth is flat.



http://www.ehow.com/about_5292686_effect...

Jaime - posted on 12/19/2009

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Risks are indeed that, only risks! Not all babies will be small, or sick, if their mother smokes while pregnant!

Let me try to shed a different color of light on this subject!

If your baby was breach, would you try to deliver naturally, knowing the risks?

If you were pregnant with multiples would you have a home birth with out a medical professional there to help?

If you absolutely needed a blood transfusion, would you choose to use a needle that had been used on other people, or use a new, sterile needle?

Would you go out and have unprotected sex with 50 men that you didn't know?

While those things may sound extreme, they could all turn out just fine in the end, a good percentage of the time!!!! Would you take the risk?

Why take the risk with your baby, when the only thing you have to do is not smoke!!!

No brainer in my opinion!

Dawnelle - posted on 12/19/2009

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No one will say it. DO NOT SMOKE WHILE YOU HAVE A CHILD. Whether you are pregnant, breast feeding or have an infant, toddler, child or teenager in the house. Not only does the smoke hurt the fetus, it causes long damage and decreases its development in lungs, heart, brain and many other neural functions. You are also hurting your child by smoking once you have given birth; second hand smoke stays in your cloths and is the most dangerous to your child. Just think about all the time you will spend holding your child and he/she will snuggle into your shoulder. He/she will only be breathing in all of the second hand smoke. It is also one of the leading causes of asthma in children. Your older children and teenagers will see you smoking and find that it could be something they want to do. And they also will have easier access to these tools because you will have them in your home. Kids find everything, hiding it never works.



If the side effects that you could cause to your children not change your mind about smoking then think about your child having to bury you because you died from your nasty habit. You could die of lung cancer, mouth cancer, or heart disease; just to name a few. You remember that every day you smoke you are not only putting your child at risk but you are also possibly taking away their mother earlier in life than necessary. When you willfully put your child in harm because you are selfish, you are a bad mother. Call me a bitch I don't care, but I think your main priority should be your child and your child only.

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ANGEL - posted on 12/21/2009

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Well, lucky for me I was trying to quit before I knew I was preggo. when I found out I did it for two more weeks then completely quit. I talked to the doctor and he said that it was ok as long as i quit but he did say that for some people they try to get people who cant quit to slow down.

Nicole - posted on 12/21/2009

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i used to smoke alot but the day i found out i was prego i quit cold turkey. i thought it would be hard but all i could think about was the life inside of me depending on me to grow healthy and strong. my friends that smoked while prego had smaller babies. my baby girl was 9 lbs 9.3 oz.good luck and merry merry christmas

Bekki - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Frances:



Quoting Frances:




Quoting Tricia:

I smoked for 9 years and when I was preggo w/ DS. I was under high-stress with family situations and my DR actually told me that it was worse to quit cold turkey than just to cut back...hopefully when #2 comes around I can quit.







what dr recommends that you dont stop!?!








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Mine did. She said to cut back as much as I could because my blood pressure was so high after I tried to quit. It does happen and I wouldn't judge a doctors educated opinion bases your own.





 



 



My doctor said the EXACT SAME THING. IT was more dangerous to stop smoking than it was to just cut back..



What you people aren't realizing is regardless of if you stop smoking or not.. Your child is still gonna get it in their system regardless unless you somehow manage to never ever be around one single person smoking (and i mean anywhere you go). Sitting in the non smoking section in a restaurant doesn't help either, the smoke circulates and still gets to you, you may not smell it but its there. Your waiter or waitress? If they smoke.. the teratogens are seeping off their hair and skin, say they popped out for a smoke and come back in and serve you? You just got a lil second hand smoke right there.



 



Stop being so judgemental of everyone else. I have two children, smoked with both, both have all their body parts, aren't mentally retarded, nor are they deformed.



Why quit smoking to prevent cancer? it's impossible!. Everything out there gives you cancer. you get lung cancer regardless of if you smoke or not. Cancer is just mutated cells that no longer function, anyone can get it anywhere in their body .. Smoker or not. Get over yourselves.

Bekki - posted on 12/21/2009

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I smoked with both of my children. WHen it came to the "quitting" conversation my doctor asked how long have i been smoking. And took that into account before saying "at least cut down". He told me an attempt to quit cold turkey could be worse than just having that one or two puffs, because your stress level raises which raises your blood pressure which also raises the babys blood pressure and none of that is good for you. There is no other option but cold turkey either, you can't use the patch or the gums since nicotine is in both and it goes directly into your blood stream and the babys.



If you smoke.. Cut down at LEAST. I just started trying to make one ciggy last for a few hours. it worked perfect. I went from smoking half a pack a day down to 3 or 4 ciggys a day.

Jodi - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting cleo:



Quoting Jodi:




Quoting Kevlyn:

To all these people that are saying that they do not believe what the doctor would tell you not to quit:
I am on my third pregnancy. I have smoked with all three. None of my children have had any problems from it. I have had three different doctors. All three of them doctors told me the same thing. If I was going to quit then I did not need to do it cold turkey and if it was going to put me under more stress then it wasn't worth it. there is nothing to prove that smoking effect the baby nor is there proof that it causes cancer. I do have to say that with each pregnancy I have cut way back and since I got pregnant the first time no one is allowed to smoke in the house b/c i did not want my babies sleeping in smoke. I also breast fed with one of my children and she took the milk fine even though i was a smoker. I read in an above post saying that a baby would not take breast milk from a smoker b/c of the taste. That is not at all true.








Alright, this is kind of ridiculous...but here I go anyways...no, you don't have to quit cold turkey, but it really isn't THAT stressful to wean yourself off of cigarettes! Perhaps you (and other mother's too) use the doctors warning as an excuse...saying it's too stressfull when in fact you just don't want to! Not saying this is fact...but that is how I see it.








there is nothing to prove that smoking effect the baby nor is there proof that it causes cancer.








  REALLY?! There have been THOUSANDS of studies done on the effects of nicotine on fetuses AND adults, those who smoke and those who inhale second hand smoke. All confirm that smoking can cause cancer and can harm, disfigure or even KILL a fetus!!!  I have posted a link of just ONE site among MILLIONS that can inform you of the dangers of smoking. Perhaps you should take a read before you start claiming that the earth is flat.








http://www.ehow.com/about_5292686_effect...









It might not be THAT sressful for some but it is THAT stressful for others.





I realize I will probably get flagged for this one...but here I go anyways! If quitting smoking for the health and safety of your child is SO incredibly stressfull you can't wean yourself off of them for the duration of your pregnancy...how in the heck do you handle the stress a baby brings?! Besides smoking of course I mean...babies are stressful, they keep us up at night, they cry and sometimes we don't know why, they get sick and we don't know what to do...seriously...if you can handle the stress of a baby, you can handle the stress of gradually quitting smoking..get real and stop making excuses! If you can't...perhaps you should wait to have children as another poster suggested.

Christina - posted on 12/21/2009

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I was a smoker before my oldest and I stopped the second found out. I am so against mothers who smoke. a cig. ismore important than that beautiful baby inside them... it's pure selfishness if you ask me and if you could ask that baby.... HATE SMOKING MOMS!!!!

Sarah - posted on 12/21/2009

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I smoked throughout my entire pregnancy and took vitamin C supplements which are supposed to help with lung development.. believe it or not, it was the sweets I was craving (sodas and ice cream) that put my daughter in the NICU with hypoglycemia.. she was 38 weeks and weighed almost 9 pounds..

Cleo - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Jodi:



Quoting Kevlyn:

To all these people that are saying that they do not believe what the doctor would tell you not to quit:
I am on my third pregnancy. I have smoked with all three. None of my children have had any problems from it. I have had three different doctors. All three of them doctors told me the same thing. If I was going to quit then I did not need to do it cold turkey and if it was going to put me under more stress then it wasn't worth it. there is nothing to prove that smoking effect the baby nor is there proof that it causes cancer. I do have to say that with each pregnancy I have cut way back and since I got pregnant the first time no one is allowed to smoke in the house b/c i did not want my babies sleeping in smoke. I also breast fed with one of my children and she took the milk fine even though i was a smoker. I read in an above post saying that a baby would not take breast milk from a smoker b/c of the taste. That is not at all true.






Alright, this is kind of ridiculous...but here I go anyways...no, you don't have to quit cold turkey, but it really isn't THAT stressful to wean yourself off of cigarettes! Perhaps you (and other mother's too) use the doctors warning as an excuse...saying it's too stressfull when in fact you just don't want to! Not saying this is fact...but that is how I see it.






there is nothing to prove that smoking effect the baby nor is there proof that it causes cancer.






  REALLY?! There have been THOUSANDS of studies done on the effects of nicotine on fetuses AND adults, those who smoke and those who inhale second hand smoke. All confirm that smoking can cause cancer and can harm, disfigure or even KILL a fetus!!!  I have posted a link of just ONE site among MILLIONS that can inform you of the dangers of smoking. Perhaps you should take a read before you start claiming that the earth is flat.






http://www.ehow.com/about_5292686_effect...





It might not be THAT sressful for some but it is THAT stressful for others.

Kaeley - posted on 12/21/2009

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Yes I did. If you have smoked for a long time trying to quit would be dangerous as well. Stress can harm an unborn baby just as easily. I don't think smoking is a good decision in general but smoking during pregnancy won't necessarily cause all the things they tell you in the books. My daughter was early and almost 8lbs, she was and still is healthy and happy.

Martina - posted on 12/21/2009

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with my 1st child i think i smoked maybe 2 cigarettes a day here and there and then i just stopped until she was born....my son i cant remember smoking at all with him until after he was born...and my youngest i smoked here and there from time to time...but honestly i dont think its a good idea to smoke while pregnant..although all my children were born healthy..if i could go back i wouldnt smoke for the lil while that i did....

Autumn - posted on 12/21/2009

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i smoked with my first two and my oldest daughter was 8lbs 9.2 oz and my second daughter was 7 lbs 14 oz and my son who i am pregnant with now is already over what he should be at 33 weeks pregnant ... i almost lost my son trying to cut everything out of my diet like the major amount of coffee and ciggarates but learnd that it only stressed my body out more from trying to quite cold turkey so my doctor said to cut back and i have i guess what im saying is that it is truly up to the mother to be and her body

Kayla - posted on 12/21/2009

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I smoked for about 5 years before i got pregnant in the first trimester they made me sick so i hardly smoked but thru out the rest on my pregnancy I did and I had no complecations and my daughter was a health 9lb 5oz. baby and was a week over due. i gained normmal weight and have lost it all. Yes its probably not a good idea to smoke while pregnant but I did and had no issues.

Emma - posted on 12/21/2009

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i smoked through both my pregnancies and both my children were born on time and over due, they were above average weight and have had no health issues. I don't reccommend smoking during pregnancy. But i think the stress of quitting may do the baby more harm then good. Not everyone can quit that easily

Alina - posted on 12/21/2009

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ok, i dont want to be "judgmental" but heres the deal, we ALL know the risks to ANYONE around smoke, so why would we put our babies at risk? even if its just a risk, is it worth it? not to me. i am not a smoker and do not see any reason to put ANY substance into my body that might be harmful, so why would i do it to my baby! it makes me sick to see pregnant women smoke. my "mother" smoked like 2 packs a day with her first two kids. both turned out to be pedophiles and one in particular just cant stay out of trouble. he has done time for rape, assault, and even tried to kill me while i was pregnant. oh yeah, i can see where people think its ok to poison a babies brain with the chemicals and what-not in smoke.....NOT! it CAN skrew them up. just because a lucky few have gotten away with it does not mean its ok to do. let me tell you something, my baby boy (whos now 11) is autistic. do you have any idea how angry it makes me to hear women brag about how they did this or that while pregnant and their babies are "just fine" when i did everything right, and ended up with a baby whose not? i cried for 3 weeks after a woman appeared on Oprah talking about being a heroin addict with genius kids. how is that fair!?! its not so why do people continue to gamble with their kids lives? i love my son more than anything else and would never trade him for anything. but what kind of life will he have when i am gone from this world? what i wouldnt give for him to be "normal" enough to never worry about what may happen to him later in life. all i can do now is teach him the best i know how and hope that someday he will be able to fend for himself. i am trying to teach my children, all 7 (8 on the way) of them to not put harmful things in their bodies. hopefully the next generation will be healthier for it. as for the woman who said it is God's job to judge, i agree. however it also has been said that we are to help one another and love one another and tell the truth. how are we doing that if we dont say, yes, its not only harmful but stupid to do that to your baby? the women who said that you might as well give your newborn a smoke are telling the truth. and research has proved that! it kills people. in many many ways. my grandfather died of lung cancer. its his own fault. i never had grandparents because of it. they all died and i was the only kid around who had no grandparents. do you want to do that to your future grandchildren? i sure dont. i remember how it felt. please, wake up and realize that this behavior is dangerous to your child. if you must wean then do so. but get off of them and do not expose them to one more thing in this world that can harm them. not to mention setting a good example. my father quit long before i was ever born or thought of. thank you dad. you are my superman. be your kids' superwoman. if you cant do it for them, do it for you. good luck and you can do it! there are people who would love to support you and will tell you how proud of you they are. i am proud of every single mom on here that quit for their kids and i am happy to cheer you all on!

Charlie - posted on 12/21/2009

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If your not ready to put your child's health before your nicotine fix then maybe you should have waited to have kids .



I know how hard addiction is to break but having kids means making sacrifices and protecting them from harm smoking while pregnant goes against all motherly instinct in my opinion .

Amber - posted on 12/21/2009

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No and anyone who is selfish enough to do that is an IDIOT!


Dang Abby, do you want people saying you're an idiot for the choices you make? No you don't! If you can't be rational when responding to a question then keep your opinions to yourself. We're all here because we are looking for friends, and advice. Not for someone to belittle us and call people names. This is not elementary school.

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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No. I smoked for 7 years and when I found out I was pregnant I slowly stoped because the babys addicted too so you have to ease off it. Everything you do gets to the baby just like their doing it but, It doesn't leave. Once the tar, poison, tabacco Ect... once it gets in there it doesn't get out... think about it.

Sheryl - posted on 12/21/2009

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well i don't smoke at all! but that cause i have seen to many bad thing happend to the kids that have came from mothers. who have smoke! but that's just me! everyone feels different about these things!

Karlie - posted on 12/21/2009

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i did and both my kids are fine, although it isnt the best for them... im still smoking now while i breastfeed, i have tried giving up but i find it hard

Krystal - posted on 12/21/2009

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Would you put a cigarette in the mouth of your infant as well?? Or maybe just let them consume a few of the harmful chemicals found within cigarettes? Give them a little lick of rat poisoning perhaps? This seems like a no-brainer to quit smoking, although healthy babies can come from smokers, seemingly healthy babies have come from meth addicts, herion users, alcoholics... you know it could be bad so why take the risk?

Amber - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Jamie:

Only the ones that dont have enough will powerto keep thier baby healthy and let a little stick control them. I went from smoking 1-2 packs a day when I found out i was pregant to almost 5 years later and never lit back up. Its not that hard. Quit being selfish



Not everyone is the same Jamie, for some people it is that hard! Don't judge other people people because something is easier for you than it is them. And its not selfish to smoke while you are pregnant. I tried quiting while I was pregnant and I couldn't.  I don't know about you but we are not super women, we can't all be perfect.

Jodi - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Laura:

I love it that ppl judge women who smoke when they are pregnant!! Obviously you all are NON smokers! You have no idea how hard it is to quit smoking! Do you really believe everything Dr's tell you??? We make our own decisions!! My mother smoked with all 3 of her children, no health problems whatsoever!! I smoked with my first child and he was 8pds 4 oz and 1 week overdue and no health problems to date. So quit judging ppl, its not your job to judge, its GODS!!



 Have you not read the previous posts? There are NUMEROUS women here who admit to being smokers...and QUIT when they found out they were pregnant! I smoked for 8 years before TTC...I quit, it wasn't THAT hard. When the health of your child is in danger, nothing is THAT hard. I think it's a no brainer personally. And I don't judge women who smoke while pregnant. I don't think they're unfit, I don't think they're stupid or any of that. I DO think however that they may be a little selfish or not strong willed. And the fact that many babies turn out healthy makes it ok huh? What about the babies that DON'T turn out healthy? Do you not care because it wasn't your child? What of people that drink during pregnancy? There is a syndrome called fetal alcohol syndrome, and yet many women told me while I was pregnant to "have a few" because it relieves stress...I didn't. And lastly, it may not be out "job" to judge, but it's human nature. As for God...well...if that's what you believe I guess...

Shannon - posted on 12/21/2009

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some people have healthy babies even if they smoke a pack a day while pregnant, some women have babies with problems from it even if they smoke 2 or 3 a day. If you are pregnant and smoke I would quit because of the possibility of harming your baby. I slowly quit smoking when I found out I was pregnant (5 or less a day until I was almost 5 months I completely quit) and I am so glad I quit because I have a beautiful, healthy baby boy.

My step son's mother smoked like a freight train when she was pregnant with him, he was born 6 weeks early, had to spend 11 days in PICU because of breathing problems. His developmental skills were a little later than the average child (you wouldn't be able to tell that now.) He is now 4 years old with severe asthma. He can't exercise or play for long because he starts coughing uncontrollably to the point he vomits, and the poor child is ALWAYS sick. He has inhalers, nebulizer, has to take a steroid sometimes when it gets really bad, has cough medicine with codeine it it. His mom STILL smokes around him! (in the home and car) believe me, you DO NOT want your child to go through this!!! Not only is it unfair and hard on them for the rest of their life but its hard on everyone in the family and very expensive. Good luck and take one day at a time, you can do it.

Frances - posted on 12/21/2009

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This is a tough one and like everything in life it's not as black and white as the nay sayers on here aparently think it is. Don't be so quick to judge...just because you see or hear of a woman smoking while she is pregnant take a second to think about that person and their child and the science involved. She may be all alone with an unplanned pregnancy and so stressed that without those 2 or 3 cigarettes to calm her nerves she might go into preterm labour (because high blood pressure is the #1 cause of early labour....not smoking), she may only have 1 or 2 per day and you're witnessing one of them. She may be under the careful protection and guidance of a physician (like almost all moms are these days) who she is honest with and would tell her if she was in fact risking her babies life. I'm not saying yeah keep up that pack a day habit while you have that bun in your oven but it's not cut and dry. You can cut back if that makes you comfortable and keep your babies safety in mind at all times.

Frances - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Tricia:

I smoked for 9 years and when I was preggo w/ DS. I was under high-stress with family situations and my DR actually told me that it was worse to quit cold turkey than just to cut back...hopefully when #2 comes around I can quit.





what dr recommends that you dont stop!?!






WOW






Mine did. She said to cut back as much as I could because my blood pressure was so high after I tried to quit. It does happen and I wouldn't judge a doctors educated opinion bases your own.

Justine - posted on 12/21/2009

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I smoked with my son who is now 7. He came at 37 weeks weighed 6ilb 13oz. He is healthy. I quit when I found out i was pregnant with number 2. She came at 37 weeks weighed 7lbs 12oz. She has asthma and at 3 1/2 years old only weighs 26lbs. The Doctor said she is just tiny. I have taken her to all kinds of Doctors and she is fine. She was a very hard baby and stressful I started again before she was one. I am now pregnant with number 3 and its was harder to quit.

Patty - posted on 12/21/2009

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absolutely not! finding out i was pregnant was the reason why i quit smoking cold turkey, then when my daughter was 2 i started smoking again, then pregnant again when she was 4 so i quit again and haven't smoked since, it has been 5 years now and no cigarettes, do you know how much money i've saved, a lot, not to mention the health factors involved in smoking

Becky - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Laura:

I smoked for 1.5 years before I got pregnant with my first. Within days of conception I started to get nauseous so I took that as a sign that I should quit before I even knew I was pregnant. I haven't smoked since.



yep, thats what happened to me.  made quitting very easy :-D Havn't smoked since.

Laura - posted on 12/21/2009

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I love it that ppl judge women who smoke when they are pregnant!! Obviously you all are NON smokers! You have no idea how hard it is to quit smoking! Do you really believe everything Dr's tell you??? We make our own decisions!! My mother smoked with all 3 of her children, no health problems whatsoever!! I smoked with my first child and he was 8pds 4 oz and 1 week overdue and no health problems to date. So quit judging ppl, its not your job to judge, its GODS!!

Ashley - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Sabrina:

I still smoke just not as much as I used too obviously. It is my choice to smoke, and I know what I am doing. It is not easy to quit and thats no excuse. I choose to smoke and that is that. I have been smoking for 7.5 years. However I am going to quit before my little one is born.


So you're pregnant now? What good is it to quit AFTER he/she is born? You've already done the damage by then!

Kelly - posted on 12/21/2009

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yes i did, it made no difference to my daughters health or wieght, she was 2 weeks late and 8 lb 1 ,shes never had a cold or been ill and shes now 1 .although i did stop after she was born.

Brittany - posted on 12/21/2009

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In the end, it is all your decision. I have never smoked, and I never will. My step son's mother smoked the whole time she was pregnant and after she had him. He was born healthy, but after living with her off and on for the first 6 months of his life, every time we would pick him up he had a runny nose and problems with his eyes getting gunk in them and watering all the time. we took him to the hospital one day and they tested his urine. they said there was a ridiculous amount of nicotine in there. Luckily we now have our beautiful little boy and he is no longer around smoke at all. but my brother in law just had a baby and he and his girlfriend smoke in the car with him and they will go outside but then come in with the smoke on them and hold him. He is having the same problems with his eyes. So in my opinion it is never okay to smoke around kids at all, but there are plenty of kids out there whose parents smoked and they are healthy.

Ashley - posted on 12/21/2009

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I smoke some now (takes almost a week to smoke a pack!) but before I got pregnant I was smoking a pack a day! Also smoked inside the house...when I found out I was pregnant I had to quit...I had one every once in a while, mostly just lit one & took the first drag, but after a month or so I quit altogether! I just couldn't stand the thought of what it could do to my unborn child! Also when I found out I was pregnant, there was no more smoking in my house! I gave birth to a healthy 8lb5oz baby boy! It took me a few months to pick one up after I had him, but I still dnt smoke nearly like I used to! & I strictly smoke outside only!

Crystal - posted on 12/21/2009

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i have smoked for 15 years and when i got pregent the first time, i had to move in to a new place and move my wedding up 6months because the baby was due on my wedding date, the dr did tell me that with all the stress i had , it would not be smart to quit and to just cut back. i went against the dr adivised and lost the baby and 3 months pregent. This time when i got pregent i cut back and i have a healthy boy that has no issues. i dont smoke around him. and yes there are lot of drugs and products that can help you quit smoking but you cant take them when you are pregent. do what you feel is best for you and the baby. smoking while pregent is another one of those things and every feels they to give there opion on, but even after you have the baby there are going to be things you arent doing right according to some people. every thing you do for a child someone will think its wrong and tell you.

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Megan I did smoke almost the whole time I was pregnant, I know it sounds bad but they also say that stress is just as bad and that was they only way I could keep from stressin, I was pregnant and moved 12 hours away from my family the way the only thing i did change was that I never smoked inside I always went outside which help me cut back ALOT but I still did and I had a very healthy 6lb 15oz baby boy

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i have never tried smoking my whole life..aside from being an asthamatic, i've learned that smoking before getting pregnant would really hurt my future babies..my bestfriend smoked a lot before she got pregnant with her only son..the child suffered from primary koch (as termed by a physician) for 1 year..so i guess it's really best not to smoke or even try it..

Varinia - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi, I can see opinions are differantly from one person to another but I do wish to ask you this...



When you have your baby and it gets sick, would you take it to the hospital???

If it has a desease, would you pay for it meds??? If someone with a contatious ilness

gets close to your baby, would you ask thath person not to??



I think the answers to these questions are simple....OFCOURSE you would handle in your baby's best interest. Well, then why wonder if you should smoke during your pregnancy or even after for that mather...??



Its worse enough to see your baby become sick, as a mother you already feel guilty because you start wondering, could I have dressed him bettern warmer, has he been under the weather and have I overlooked it?? Didn't he get enough vitamines etc...

As a mother you play the guilttrip enough already....so what if your baby has trouble breathing, underdeveloped longues or a low birthweight (all things that can occure during a pregnancy which the mother has ben smoking) or what if bigger issues come to the surface and the doctors find out that your baby is suffering it because of the fact you smoked....



Even when things aren't our fault, as a mother we always point to ourself as the cullprit and you feel like lowest person in the world, even if its just a flew.

So how would you feel if what your baby is suffering is in fact your fault??? Would you accept that and deal with all the consequences? And if worse got to worse and your kid has the illness or whatever for life, are you prepared to tell your child it is suffering it because you smoked during the pregnancy...??



The question isn't really if others did and what the outcome was. There are ALWAYS execptions but is it worth the risk? The fact that you ask the question shows you already know it isn't the brightest of ideas, so that good for you.....somewhere inside you already know....



It all comes down to this.... being a mother basicly means... ...putting yourself aside for your kid, and it comes natural...you wont mind, all that matthers is that your lil'baby is healty when its born, so why not put yourself aside already??? No mather how far along you are, whats inside you is your baby and its counting on mummy to protect her from anything that comes along....so being a mum is all about being unselfish....so....right about now is a GREAT time to start practising and leaving the cigarettes behind !!!!



I'm sure you'll do whats best for your kid, and don't decide on exceptions with others, decide as a mother to YOUR baby....if everyone else jumps of the brigde....I'm sure you wont follow ^^



Good luck !!!!

Sophie - posted on 12/21/2009

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and it is not just "a tiny bit of nicotine" that your baby gets!! YOur baby gets starved of oxygen, as well as being exposed to over 4000 chemicals, including embalming fluid,amonia,acetone,tar,nicotine,carbon monoxide and arsenic. How can you even think about exposing your baby to these toxins???its really stupid!!

Sophie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Smoking while you are pregnant is just completely selfish in my opinion!! I smoked, and stoppe the dasy i found out i was pregnant. Turns out thaI402310320t the way my baby was lying in my womb was squashing the placenta and weakened it, if i had smoked he would have beenb completely oxygen starved and quite prbably still born. And all of this wasnt found out till i was actually giving birth. It also causes long term organ damage, and even though you may have a baby who is a healthy birth weight, you do not know what is going on inside, or what might happen later on in life. Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of cot death. It's like playing russion roulette with your baby's life, how can people even try to justify it????

Michelle - posted on 12/21/2009

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i also smoked through my pregnancy. my pregnancy had no dramas but i found out i had a hole in my heart, which is good to know for later on. my labour was really good, only went for 5.15hrs and she born 6lbs 81/2 ounces a little under but healthy and they let me go the following night. she's really healthy and they didnt expect a 1st time mother to do so well. now she's so chubby and still growing strong.

Shae - posted on 12/21/2009

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I smoked for 8 years before I fell pregnant and found that when I first fell pregnant the smell of smoke made me sick. Although my partner smoked near and around me while I was pregnant so it was very hard to quit. I was determined to bring my baby into a non smoking environment at home, although I have found that the smell makes me nauseous now as it did when I was pregnant. I also rang the quit line for help they were like the nurses at the hospital and gave great support... and I didn’t feel as guilty when I craved.

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No, I know that in some cases the baby is fine, but its not a risk I would want to take .

I smoked for over 10 years before getting pregnant , and as soon as I found out I was pregnant , I quit , I chose to get pregnant I don't see why my child should suffer .

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I can't believe that someone would actually consider smoking while pregnant. If you see what smoke can do to adults, imagine what it can do to a small, innocent little baby...

Alleah - posted on 12/20/2009

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PS: I have now managed to cut down to less than half a pack a day, compared with two packs a day before I got pregnant. go me!

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Quoting Deidre:



Quoting Michelle:




Quoting Rana:

It is very selfish to smoke while pregnant.Your innocent child inside of you is receiving all the bad stuff that's in cigarettes.Think about it would you want to harm your child in any way because that's what you're doing.You're also risking serious health conditions like mental retardation.







That not true. Smoking while pregnant is, of course, not the best thing for your baby. However, "mental retardation" is not a side effect. I think you're thinking of marijuana. Smoking cigarettes while you are pregnant put your baby at risk to be preterm and have a low birth weight. SOMETIMES, in the case of extremely heavy smokers and other exceptions,  there is also a complication with the oxygen levels in the baby's blood as well. Also-- don't judge. It's not your place.









I feel bad for all those doctors and scientists and researchers who have spent thousands on college etc, whose numerous, uncontested studies have PROVEN that women who smoked pot during pregnancy had babies with a 25% higher IQ than those who did not!






Them idiots mustv'e wasted their eductaions on nothing! O, nevermind us commoners know way more than those idiots scientists!





I'm sorry, did you just say that scientists have PROVEN that marijuana use during pregnancy results in babies who have up to 25% higher IQs?



 



....SERIOUSLY???



 



dude, for one thing, this thread has nothing to do with pot, it's about tobacco.  Second of all, I don't know ANYONE who claims to have a higher IQ, because their mom was a big stoner while she was pregnant with them.  I don't know where you got that stat, but I think you need to post a link or something, cause I'm sorry, that just sounds ridiculous.



 



To answer the ORIGINAL question, yes I did smoke during my pregnancy, something I am NOT proud of.  I did NOT smoke marijuana, although I'd been a social smoker before, I did NOT drink alchohol, although I had been a borderline binge drinker before, and I do not believe that I made the right decision to smoke during my pregnancy.  Obviously, anything that makes you ashamed to do is not the right decision.  However that is the decision I made, it's in the past, I thank God everyday that my baby escaped any harmful side effects, and hopefully I'll have the will power to stop with my next.

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And my mother smoked with all 4 of her pregnancies... all perfectly helthy babies, healthy children, and now healthy adults.

Kim - posted on 12/20/2009

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I used to smoke almost a pack a day then when I found out I was pregnant I tried to quit, but got down to only 4-6 smokes per day. Went thru my whole pregnancy smoking and my son is absolutely fine... a healthy 7lbs,14oz when he was born... and he was 12 days overdue! He's just perfect.

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