Smoking During Pregnancy

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Smoking during pregnancy Like drinking too much alcohol or doing drugs, smoking is also very harmful to your health. It can cause serious health conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke and gum disease. It can also cause eye diseases that can lead to blindness. Smoking can make it harder for a woman to get pregnant. Smoking and your baby Not only is smoking harmful to you, it's also harmful to your baby during pregnancy. When you smoke during pregnancy, your baby is exposed to dangerous chemicals like nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar. These chemicals can lessen the amount of oxygen that your baby gets. Oxygen is very important for helping your baby grow healthy. Smoking can also damage your baby's lungs. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have: •An ectopic pregnancy •Vaginal bleeding •Placental abruption (placenta peels away, partially or almost completely, from the uterine wall before delivery) •Placenta previa (a low-lying placenta that covers part or all of the opening of the uterus) •A stillbirth Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to be born: •With birth defects such as cleft lip or palate •Prematurely •At low birthweight •Underweight for the number of weeks of pregnancy Babies born prematurely and at low birthweight are at risk of other serious health problems, including lifelong disabilities (such as cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and learning problems), and in some cases, death. Secondhand smoke Breathing in someone else's smoke is also harmful. Secondhand smoke during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born at low birthweight. Secondhand smoke is also dangerous to young children. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke: •Are more likely to die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) •Are at greater risk for asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections,

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