Tag: "Smoking and Pregnancy"


Myth or Fact:  8 Things Moms Should Avoid While Pregnant

A healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy is important for your baby’s development. Mostly, that means consuming a variety of lean proteins (beans, lentils, chicken, fish, etc.), dairy (or a dairy alternative that contains vitamin D), whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. But what about foods that you shouldn’t eat? Are all the “forbidden” items dangerous, or can you consume some of them in moderation? Where’s the line between truth and exaggeration. We’re going to separate myth from fact to help ensure that you have the best chance at a happy, healthy pregnancy.


Higher Elevations Linked to Increased Risk of SIDS

While Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDs, is rare, it is a condition that most parents fear. Part of the reason is that, while we are aware of risk factors, the root cause of the condition is still somewhat obscure.


Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of Smoking Relapse after Pregnancy

Because the dangers of smoking are so widely talked about, many women do reduce or quit when they become pregnant. Unfortunately, a large majority of them pick the habit back up shortly after birth, and their newborns are then exposed to secondhand smoke.


Ultrasound Scans Reveal How Smoking during Pregnancy May Delay Development

The dangers of smoking during pregnancy, which include an increased risk of breathing problems, premature birth, and cot death, have been discussed for decades. Unfortunately, the struggle to stop is still just too much for many mothers. Dr. Nadja Reissland, author of a new study on the effect of cigarette smoke on fetuses, hopes to change all of that.


Risk of Asthma among Premature Babies Higher than Previously Thought

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.5 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. Those children are often born with breathing problems because their lungs did not have a chance to fully develop. Previous studies on children have indicated that these very same children are also at a higher risk of asthma later on in life.


For Pregnant Moms trying to Quit Smoking, Nicotine Patches May Also Harm the Baby

Many moms- to- be turn to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in order to avoid smoking during pregnancy. Smoking may lead to premature birth, low-birth-weight infants, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) among other birth defects. But doctors now say that popular replacements like nicotine patches and gums may not be a good choice after all as the nicotine itself may be equally harmful for the development of the unborn baby.


Study: Secondhand Smoke Exposure during Pregnancy may Increase Risk of Behavior Problems for Children Later in Life

We’ve known for quite some time that smoking while pregnant can result in a number of health complications for the unborn child. Some studies have linked predictable issues like asthma and premature birth. However, there have been other studies that have linked less obvious issues to smoking during pregnancy – behavior issues, aggression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, just to name a few.


Passive Smoking As bad As Smoking for Unborn Babies

Smoking during pregnancy is known to increase the chances of a child having learning difficulties, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity and being born prematurely. Now a new research suggests that the harmful effects of smoking may also be felt even if the mother is a passive smoker.


Increased risk of Asthma in Kids Whose Mothers Smoked During Pregnancy

Mothers, who smoke while pregnant, risk the lives of their children even if the kids are not exposed to second hand smoke after they are born. A European study, which was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, suggests that children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy have an increased risk of having asthma.


Nicotine Products During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Colic

Colic, a condition that is characterized by an inconsolable cry that lasts at least three hours a day and occurs more than three days a week for at least three weeks. It generally starts within the first few weeks of life and it can continue throughout infancy. The condition is stressful for both babies and parents alike. But can it be prevented?


Exposure To Second Hand Smoke In Utero May Thicken Arteries

The effects of second hand smoke in children of women who smoked while pregnant have been longed documented for years. Learning disorders, behavioral problems, lower IQs, an increased chance of heart defects and risk of premature arrival are just a few of the issues that research has found in the past.