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Smoking while pregnant
An_243134 posted:
I've always concidered smoking to be a big NO while pregnant. One of my friends just told me that when she was pregnant her OB told her it was better for baby to have one or two cigarettes a day then to be stressed, does anyone know if this is true?? I completely rejected the idea at first, but then I started thinking and I know stress isn't good for baby either. Which is the lesser of two evils if you typically smoke a pack and half or so a day??
An_241965 responded:
when i first found out i was pregnant i was smoking a pack a day, my ob suggested that i cut back that it was more stressfull on the baby to deal with the stress of quitting, im not here for judgement so please dont tell me im wrong but i smoked 2-3 cigarettes a day when i was pregnant with DS. my mother smoked with me, and my brother she quit when she found out she was pregnant with my other brother and hes the one with asma.
Kristi7988 replied to An_241965's response:
I'm certainly not judging, I'm just very confused. I had never heard that before. I always hear the every time you smoke you cut off the oxygen to the baby. Thank you for the input.
An_243134 responded:
Really?? There was no harm to your baby?? No worries on the judgement thing, I posted to get input not to judge. I can stop, it's been a few days but I feel very edgy and stressed out which I would be willing to deal with but now I'm hearing that it's actually worse for the baby, that I should have one or two a day for a while and then stop all together.
phoenix31674 replied to An_243134's response:
If it was me - and I have never smoked - I would wracked with guilt that even those few cigarettes a day would harm the baby. If my baby was born premature or underweight or have asthma. I guess it's how much guilt you personally feel prepared to deal with. It is possible that your baby could be perfectly healthy. After all there are alcoholic moms who have healthy babies and then there are those who give birth to a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and both may drink the same amount. No one can say for sure what the outcome of your pregnancy will be.

I do know that docs will recommend against quitting anything addictive cold turkey to reduce the stress on the mother's body and thus the baby.

Nicotine will cause constrictions of the blood vessels and thus reduce blood supply to the placenta - which is why smokers have a higher risk of an underweight baby.

And quitting now will mean your house should be smoke free when the baby comes because toxins from smoke do linger in your hair and clothes and can be especially harmful to infants, so unless you intend to shower and change clothes after every cigarette when the baby is born, it's probably best to wean off them now.
Mrsmossy replied to phoenix31674's response:
I'm a smoker and so is my hubs and i tried just stopping. It was so hard, i was snapping at literally everything including kitchen appliances, so now we are stepping down day by day. Sunday i had 4, Monday 4, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 3, today i get 2, tomorrow i will get 2, so on and so forth. Even my dr told me tuesday it is best to do it this way. If your not a smoker you wont understand how difficult it is to actually stop. Everyone except the smokers at my work are all over me about it, but going from a pack a day to 4 ultra light 72's i'd say is pretty good. in conparison. So i feel for you.
mwhite80 responded:
I definetly commend you for cutting down, I smoked a pack a day for five year in my late teens earily twenties so i know how dificult it is. I quit long before i had my kids but my sister-in-law was in the same boat as you and she gradually cut down on her smoking and by her third trimester she was cigarette free. But you have to gradually do it and as anytime you quit find something else to do when you normally would have a smoke, candy or lollipops also help with having something in your mouth. Good luck and dont listen to negative people trying to force there beliefs onto you.
Robert O Atlas, MD responded:
So, here is the medical side of this discussion. In one word, smoking is BAD. There is nothing good about it. It is associated with many bad things in pregnancy.

Interesting, it is not as addictive as people think. It is not like other drugs or medications. Yes, there are some symptoms, but not harmful.

It is more harmful to continue to smoke than to stop. If you are only smoking a few a day, you should stop immediately. There was a response which stated they decreased by the day, which is a good idea. You should make a quit date and stick to it.

Stress is associated with an increased risk of complications. We do know it. However, when you compare the risk of smoking to stopping, it is safer to stop.

Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy.
cshyronia responded:
Not judging I have smoked before. I have not smoked in 2 yrs. I have been able to stop with every pregnancy. And this is my fourth. I have been lucky enough to not be able to stand the smell of smoke any kind and would just start puking. Just think of it like alcohol you dont drink because of what it could do to your baby. I know unless your a aclcoholic not quite the same. Its really Mind over Matter.
Anon_19625 responded:
My ob just told me to go ahead and smoke one when needed, I have been having problems with my blood pressure and the withdrawl causes me stress which raises my blood pressure. I am only 20 weeks and my doctor is worried about my blood pressure causing pre eclampsia. I dont get how the doctor on here said quiting smoking does not cause significant stress on the mother and is not that addictive. Why is there so much product to help you quit if smoking is not "that addictive". For my case smoking outways the risks.
Mrsmossy replied to Anon_19625's response:
Well I'm glad your dr is understanding. i would say this dr has never smoked and people who have never smoked don't understand how addictive it is, the nicotine is addictive as well as the actual habit of doing it, you eat you smoke, you drink coffee you smoke its all around habit forming. I'm glad you weighed your options and your doing what you and your dr feel is best!

H&H 9 months!
Olivia_WebMD_Staff responded:
In addition to the information that Dr. Atlas provided, here also is some further information about Smoking During Pregnancy that may help.

An_249178 responded:
Just thought you might find this interesting. I certainly did.

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