The health effect of smoking during pregnancy is risky and sometimes deadly. Smoking is dangerous to the health as it is always preached. But it is more dangerous when you smoke while you are pregnant.
This act of smoking while pregnant puts your life and that of your unborn baby at risk. The chemicals and the carbon monoxide in the cigarettes are responsible for the complications smokers may suffer during pregnancy.
The problem of smoking and pregnancy starts even before you are pregnant. If you are a smoker, your chances of getting pregnant are very slim. So before the pregnancy you should stop that habit of smoking before it stops you from getting pregnant.
1.It causes stillbirth and miscarriages
The chemicals in the cigarettes are to be blamed for miscarriages which can occur in the first three or four months of pregnancy. And stillbirth which can occur after 18 to 20 weeks of the pregnancy. To avoid all these complications in pregnancy, stay away from smoking as you are about to get pregnant or if you are already pregnant.
- Ectopic pregnancy can also come up if you smoke during pregnancy.
It has killed many pregnant women. It is a life threatens complication if not carefully handled medically. It occurs when a fertilized egg starts to develop outside uterus. The main culprit is the nicotine in the cigarettes hat you smoke. It curses contractions in the fallopian tube.
- Abruption of the placental
This is when the placental is removed from the uterus before child birth. It is a life threatens complication both for the child and mother. Studies show that 80 percent of placental abruption occurs in women that smoke and abuse drugs.
- Abnormal growth of the Placenta (placenta Previa)
This complication in pregnancy occurs when the placenta grows abnormally towards the cervix. Because of lack of space the placental can tear which may lead to bleeding. And smoking is a risk factor.
- Preterm birth
Preterm birth is when a baby is born earlier. This might cause some health problems for the baby, like heart problems, hearing, visual, behavioural and mental problems and sometimes complications that can lead to dead.
And the major cause of preterm birth is smoking. The risk of having a preterm birth is higher in women that smoke.
Babies with Low birth weight
Smoking is the major cause of giving birth to babies with low birth weight. And this can have some health effect in the life of the baby, like disabilities.
To give yourself and the baby you are carrying a healthy life, please quit smoking.
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