Baby's health

Smoking During Pregnancy Harms Baby’s Immune System

Results of a study I found online state that smoking during pregnancy can affect the baby’s immune system, which may explain why asthma and respiratory problems are more common in children whose mothers smoke.

I think we all know that smoking during pregnancy is not good for your child. I hope we all know this. I have heard that there are doctors out there telling newly pregnant women to just slow down on their smoking if they are “chain smokers”. Some crap about the withdrawal being worst for your body.

I truly believe that this piece of information was made up by some woman who was not strong enough to quit so this is how she justified it.

Ladies, if you smoke while your pregnant a weakened immune system is not all your baby’s going to have. Asthma, Ear infections, Autism, low birth weight, premature birth, hyperactivity are some of the issues your child could have.

It is no longer a question of whether the unborn will be harmed by smoking nicotine during pregnancy but of the degree, number, types, noticeability and lifetime impact of the harms actually inflicted. At a minimum nicotine will cause the developing brain to grow millions of extra acetylcholine receptors in the cortex, striatum, and cerebellum regions ( 1995, 1999 ). At a minimum, it will unnaturally regulate the pre-birth flow of more than 200 neurochemicals within the unborn’s mind and body, including dopamine, serotonin and adrenaline.

Women who smoke restrict the amount of oxygen going to the unborn child. Tar, nicotine, carbon dioxide, and other harmful substances replace the oxygen. When there is oxygen deficiency, there is an increased risk of premature birth or malformations such as schistasis. Smoking increases the risk of abortion. The magnitude of the danger arises as more than half of fetuses are more or less exposed to harmful substances passing the placenta due to first hand or second-hand smoking behavior.

Nicotine is addictive, so while your child should be adjusting to being outside the womb, their first challenge in life will be enduring nicotine withdrawal. Is that really fair? They just deserve better.

This is one habit I have never understood. Here in Canada, cigarettes are $8.00 a pack. You have nothing to show for the money you have shelled out and if you smoke for long enough it will add 10 years to how old you look! You smell, your skin is dulled and your teeth and hands get stained…On top of all this your child may have long lasting effects that may be irreversible.

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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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