Smoking during pregancy

By Faith Jensen

The effects of smoking during pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy is very bad for you and your baby before, during, and after the baby is born. The nicotine in the cigarettes and numerous other poisons you inhale from a cigarette are carried through your bloodstream and go directly to your baby. Smoking cigarettes is probably the No. 1 cause of adverse outcomes for babies," says Welch,. He's seen the complications far too many times: babies born prematurely, babies born too small, babies who die before they can be born at all. In his view, pregnancies would be safer and babies would be healthier if pregnant smokers could somehow swap their habit for a serious disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Facts about smoking during pregnancy

1. Increases risk of sudden infant Death Syndrome

2. Can prevent you from getting pregnant in the first place

3. Premature birth rates are on the rise in the U.S. with more than half a million babies born prematurely every year.

4. A smoker is twice as likely to have a baby that weighs under 5.5 pounds

5. over 1,000 babies in the U.S. die each year because their mom smoked

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