Persuasive Essay On Smoking While Pregnant

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Smoking while pregnant has a tremendous amount of risks for not only you, but for your baby as well. No matter how much or how little you smoke, it all puts your baby at great risk. Every cigarette smoked causes more and more damage. No matter when you quite, the more time you go smoke-free, the better it is for you and your baby. Ob-gyn Robert Welch has spent many years trying to show mothers-to-be exactly how dangerous smoking while pregnant is. He, as well as other Ob-gyns have seen the complications far too many times. Babies born premature, too small or still born are all related to their mothers smoking. Welch has even said that if the mother had a serious disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it would be much safer and…show more content…
On average, smoking during pregnancy doubles the chances that a baby will be born too early or weigh less than 5 1/2 pounds at birth. Smoking also more than doubles the risk of stillbirth. If a person smokes a pack of cigarettes a day during pregnancy, it will shave about a half-pound from a baby's birth weight. Therefore, Smoking two packs a day throughout your pregnancy could make the baby a full pound or more lighter. While a half a pound may seem like it wouldn’t make a difference, stunting a baby's growth in the womb can have negative consequences that last a…show more content…
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study published in February 2011, showed that the babies are at risk of having certain types of congenital heart defects was 20 to 70 percent higher than it was for babies whose mothers didn't smoke. The defects included those that interrupt the flow of blood from the right side of the heart into the lungs and openings between the upper chambers of the heart. The data was collected from 2,525 babies who had a heart defect at birth and 3,435 babies who were born healthy between 1981 and 1989 in Washington, D.C. Learning disorders, behavioral problems and lower IQ’s are also all effects smoking can have on an unborn
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