5 Smoking Facts Pregnant Mothers Should Know

Smoking has been known to affect the unborn children of pregnant mothers. It is popular knowledge that women who are with child should not smoke. However, the reasons for this have not been explained well. Also, not a lot of studies have been done on the effects of cigarette smoking on unborn children. Here are some smoking facts pregnant women should consider before lighting a cigarette.

1.) Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can cause health problems to the born child.

One of the reasons why pregnant women should not smoke during pregnancy is that it can cause premature birth. It also has a direct link to children's susceptibility to respiratory diseases. Also, it has been observed that babies of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are lighter than the babies of non-smokers. It was also proven that the the heart rate of infants of mothers who smoked during pregnancy have a heart rate that is 30% higher than those with non-smoking mothers. These are the primary smoking facts pregnant women must consider before lighting a cigarette.

2.) Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can cause ADHD.

Apparently, the effects of cigarette smoking on children during pregnancy are not limited to a child's physical qualities. It can also affect a child's mental health. According to a medical study, mothers who smoked an average of 14 cigarettes during pregnancy tend to give birth to "hyperkinetic" children. This effect is dosage-dependent, meaning mothers who smoke an average of 6 cigarettes have a higher chance of giving birth to normal children. The researchers speculated that this was caused by the pile up of carbon monoxide in the fetal blood stream that lead to a significant decrease in the oxygen brought to the developing infant. As a matter of fact, the infant is exposed to a higher level of carboxyhemoglobin, the substance that depletes the oxygen in the body and has caused deaths to people who have inhaled too much carbon monoxide. As a matter of fact, this has been used as a method of suicide by some people.

3.) Cigarette smoking during can affect a child's future academic performance.

Although it may seem like something that is impossible at the moment, pregnant mothers have to take note of this smoking fact. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can affect the child's academic performance in the future. In this study, over 9,000 children were given some tests to evaluate their math ability and reading ability. According to the results of the study, children of mothers who smoked 10 or more cigarettes a day during pregnancy had lower scores in these tests as compared to children whose mothers didn't smoke any cigarettes while they were pregnant.

4.) Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can cause behavior problems.

Another smoking fact to think about is that severe child behavior problems is one of the effects of cigarette smoking. In a study conducted in California, it was shown how the number of cigarettes a pregnant mother smokes each day can affect the behavior of her child when he or she becomes older. The children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy tend to exhibit disobedience and have a higher tendency to have conflicts with others as compared to children of non-smokers.

5.) Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can cause complications during birth.

Not only does smoking during pregnancy cause problems in the unborn child's physical or mental health, it can also cause some complications during the birth of the baby as well as the development of the fetus. Pregnant smokers have a huge risk of having an ectopic pregnancy wherein the embryo becomes implanted in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. It can also double the risk of placental complications which can also endanger the mother during birth.

With these smoking facts to consider, mothers should start thinking about stopping smoking for a while. Perhaps, the nine months of cigarette-free lifestyle will even help them quit smoking for good.

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bethkiley 9 years ago

It is truly amazing how many people don't realize the dangers of smoking during pregnancy. Good for you for making this page to spread awareness. Check out my lens on natural ways to induce labor at home for women who are over 40 weeks pregnant. http://www.squidoo.com/waystoinducelabor


Jennifer Hudson 8 years ago

I used to smoke and my child didn't make it because i smoked. i finally have stopped smoking but its hard to get over that its my fualt i didn't have a baby. So now im on a mission to let everyone know that it is just heartbreaking to know that you killed your baby. So if you smoke and your pregent you should try very hard to stop but i know its very addictive!!!!!!!!!!1


Rachel Green 8 years ago

Im doing a report on smoking and if there is anything i have found out its that it just seems stupid to smoke!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i just don't understand why people do it!! I mean all these people are getting cancer and dying but i don't understand why they started in the first place!!!! I know peer presure plays a big roll but why care what other people think. People also do it to be cool but it doesn't look cool to smoke it looks nasty and makes you smell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


nicola bre 8 years ago

i think this website is good to awear people of the dangers of smoking when pregnant. it could stop thousands of women from smoking when pregnant ! GOOD ON YOU !


NAT FARMER 8 years ago

I THINK THIS WEBSITE WILL HELP THOUSANDS OF UNBORN CHILDREN FROM HAVING DIFFICYLTIES WHEN THEY ARE BORN BECAUSE OF MOTHERS SMOKING WILL UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS OF SMOKING WHEN PREGNANT

! KEEP IT UP !


naomi a 8 years ago

i think it is great that there letting pregnant women know about the dangers of smoking when pregnant


concerned 8 years ago

I wish my wife would quite smoking - she 5 months along - and a nurse..


zach 8 years ago

your wifes retarded


JAYE ANNE COLLADO 8 years ago

PUT PICTURES OF A PREGNANT MOTHER WHO IS SMOKING...


scoop 8 years ago

what about one cigarette a day?


big daddy 8 years ago

in my experience most women don't beleive this stuff they have a cant see it cant hurt it attitude


mamushka [GOD of maholager] !!!!!! MORE INFO!!! 8 years ago

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wow 8 years ago

wow i'm with mamushka


Brandy 8 years ago

I am really sick of you people..I have asked my DOCTOR, SOMEONE WHO HAS AN EDUCATION AND A DEGREE ABOUT SMOKING, When I was showing him some of these posts he rolled his eyes. THE ONLY PROVEN FACT IS IT MAKES THE BABY SMALLER AND THAT IS EVEN DEBATABLE..GET YOUR FUCKING FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE RUNNING YOUR MOUTHS. WHAT THE HELL did they do back in the day????? dumb ass's.


Monica 8 years ago

So I guess you are one of the people that smoked while they were pregnant, is that why you are so angry with your comment? Too many parent's today are so ridiculously selfish that when they make a decision to carry a child they can't get over themselves enough to stop smoking? Regardless what data there is or isn't according to your "doctor" it is a proven medical fact that smoking is fatal to humans, so with that knowledge how are you able to even justify taking the risk with your unborn baby....that's interesting to me. Would you take crack while you were pregnant, would you inhale pesticides if there wasn't medical data from your "doctor" to show that it was bad for your unborn child? I have two children, I was a smoker and as soon as I decided to get pregnant I stopped smoking, so I can have an opinion on others who don't.....THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR IT, NO JUSTIFICATION THAT YOU CAN TRY TO PACIFY YOURSELF WITH TO MAKE IT OKAY, PERIOD.


Mel 7 years ago

I really think instead of all you guys swearing at taking you prenatal emotions out on the pregnant mothers who are struggling to quit smoking ..... rather give advise!!!! I am 4w2d and I am a smoker I went from 20cig a day to 3 a day..... it is never easy to quit!!! Rather help and motivate than criticize.


mad momma 7 years ago

today my sister told me she was driving to her pregnant friends house to take her a pack of cigarettes. i couldn't believe my ears, i smoked for 10 years before i got pregnant and without a second thought i put them down when the stick said "your pregnant". i don't believe its criticizing, i think its caring. there are people out here that are truly sickened by you weak woman out there that cant get it together and quit being a selfish ninny. be a respectful proud mother. we are given the gift to create new life so lets not complicate it before it ever begins. oh and p.s totally agree with monicas comment, i think you nailed it on the head girl...they smoked while pregnant or they wouldn't be so defensive...


Miss Mary 7 years ago

I have found out Im 5 weeks, and i smoked a pack a day and now i have cut back to 1-3 a day...I bought the nasty cigs i don't smoke and that helped but my spouse is more determined for me to just quit and i think that makes me hide and want to smoke just one more. Im so scared of what it could do to the baby, but a 7 year habit is just that an adictive habit...Im tryin but i just need the will power and encouragment!


beety 7 years ago

im 5 weeks and still smoking in secret from my partner - i feel so ashamed! I was smoking before I found out and then somehow carried on - we were desperate for a baby, then it happened - a massive miracle and a huge shock - I have a few left and then that is it - I couldnt forgive myself if i kill the baby!


beety 7 years ago

im 5 weeks and still smoking in secret from my partner - i feel so ashamed! I was smoking before I found out and then somehow carried on - we were desperate for a baby, then it happened - a massive miracle and a huge shock - I have a few left and then that is it - I couldn't forgive myself if i kill the baby!


Angela 7 years ago

I cant ell you how guilty I feel. I am 11 weeks pregnant and have stoppped smoking... I cant believe how hard it was for me not too I am overloaded with stress which is my main problem and why I started over a year ago.. My son I smoked maybe 3 cigs when I was prego and my daughter I didn't smoke at all... I have never been aan avid smoker just the social smoker I guess you could say but I do know that any smokin gis bad and ive tried to quit and really its mind over matter because you can tell yourself no you can tell people not to smoke or have cigarettes around you which if you smoke is awful when your partner does and your not suppose too.. I know im kind of ranting but I don't want you to get me wrong smoking period is bad enough and we all know it but for every pregnant women who is smoking I want to tell you I know its hard don't let others get you down keep trying and if it helps research what's in cigarette smoke or here Ill tell you... THERE ARE 4000 DIFFERENT CHEMICALS IN CIGARETTES THE ONES YOU MIGHT KNIOW OF ARE AMMONIA, EMBALMING FLUID,CARBON MONOIXDE, ARSENIC WHICH IS RAT POISON,ACETONE, TAR , AND BENZENE... I KNOW ITS HARD BUT WHEN YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE GIVING TO YOUR BABY IT SHOULD BE EASY TO QUIT IT WAS FOR ME...


Angiet 7 years ago

Its hard to quit, but if you think of the baby you can do it, I smoked prior to 3 of my pregancies and quit cold turkey when I found out I was pregnant.


si'yanne 7 years ago

everyone donot feel bad about ur addiction it is not that easy to just go cold turkey and quit, u have to just lower ursmoking until u can eventually quit. but 4 all those dirty bitches out there who got something smart to u need to mind ya fuckin buisiness


KELLY 7 years ago

I am 5.5 weeks pregnant and just cant put my cigs down. I have desperately tried. I am now gorging in food to try to stop the cravings. Doc said to slowly cut back and eventually quit.I want to quit right now. Does anyone have any advise on quitting?


Shelly 7 years ago

I am currently 25 weeks along with my 3rd child. I was a smoker before all of my children and I still am. I have cut back big time, but have not kicked the habit completely. It is all about moderation for me. My other 2 children were over 7lbs. and healthly and I see no reason the 3rd won't be the same. Every persons situation is different. My mother and grandmother smoked when they were pregnant ages ago. Won't don't we hound on the fact that most of you pregnant women are extremely overweight because you think you can eat whatever you want and do it as often as you want. Maybe you should put down that Tweenkie and smoke or something!!! Did I hit a nerve with some of you....ahwwww....well leave the smokers alone.....worry about yourself.


shena 7 years ago

after my father was killed and my grandmother died two days later i became an alcaholic since then i found out that i was pregnant and i honestly cannot quit smoking ive tried counsling the patch guilt and even praying i don't want to harm my child. I don't drink at all and i think that has been the hardest thing i have ever done but smoking while im pregnant just might prove otherwise ii mean i will have to look at my baby and know that it was not an outside source that took his chance away it was me..


daniellelove 7 years ago

I am 6 weeks and 2 days pregnant and when i found out i was pregnant i went from smoking a pack and ah alf to two packs a day to smoking 6 to ten cigs a day.. im working on moving down to 4 cigs a day here soon and hopefully i can go to 2 a day to none..

my advice on pregnant smokers is that its all about self will.. fuck what those books say... its good to quit cold turkey but im not the one to talk.. i say just cut down---alot. set a goal for yourself and once u reach that set another one... and so on. this is my first kid and i hope this techniqe works and dosent harm my baby...


Michelle 7 years ago

I am 7 months pregnant, and honestly didnt' find out I was pregnant until I was almost 5 months along. I am down to 3 cigarettes a day. I smoked all thru my pregnancy with my daughter and she is fine. She hasn't had health problems and is VERY smart. I talked to my doctor about how to quit and she said it was best NOT to go cold turkey because that causes extra stress for me and the baby and that can be worse then smoking. But my unborn baby is a little over normal for weight and height, so He's not going to have a low birth weight or anything like that. So sometimes going cold turkey is worse then slowly cutting back because of the stress. But it is best to talk to the doctor about different optioins because everyone is different.


Raeanne 7 years ago

I find it intriguing reading this. I found out very late into my pregnancy that I was pregnant. I have a tilted uterus and discovered after many missed periods that I was expecting...at 5 months!! I've managed to cut down A lot with a quit date tomorrow. I'm totally freaked out that my child will be deformed, early etc etc from the effects of my smoking to this point. Does anyone have any info if I can "catch up" the health of my baby for the next few months while I'm not smoking. I do excersize, not over weight and eat healthy...you wouldn't look at me to think I was a smoker....I so worried, any advice would be great.


Wendy 7 years ago

This stupid black lady in my class is pregnant and she's like 5 months along and I saw her smoking outside atleast two times. That child is going to be dumb just like her.


chelsea 7 years ago

what if your 2 months pregnant and have had a couple but then have completley stopped now will that do any harm ?


lisa 6 years ago

can i just say to you all that smoking has not been proven to harm the baby in any way.. yes there are risks.. doctors say try to cut down.. what do you think happened with your grand mothers?? your mothers... the risks were not known they smoked.. and drank small amounts as they could not afford to binge drink.. there was a lot rate of dissabilities in babies then as guess wat they had healthy food and no processed crap!! that's what it comes down 2!¬! some mothers find it very difficult, emotional and stressful to give up smoking.. it has been proven 3-5 a day has no effwect on the baby what's so ever! you should be slating drug users and bindge drinkers! u all don't know nothing just crap warnings u here which is not scientificaly proven what's so ever!


Anita 6 years ago

I think there are a lot of non smokers posting on here. Anyone who doesn't realize that nicotine is a drug more addictive than heroin has their head in the clouds. NO mother WANTS to be addicted to a $5-$8 pack of cancer sticks, but the truth is it is just not that easy to quit. The rude comments really are childish. Try being supportive of people. Judge not, lest you be judged.


Star 6 years ago

I am a smoker and i do not have any children - yet. But i would like to think if/when I do become pregnant I will quit altogether. I understand how addictive the cigs are but can it compare to holding ur beautiful child in ur arms? I think not. Yes if you smoke you need the support to quit but how about trying this: Everytime you reach for that pack take a look at a scan pic first. Cravings only last 5 mins so it might work. Good luck with ur babies and I hope you all manage to quit


pow wow 6 years ago

Did you ever think that there isn't much scientific evidence because it is unethical to create a study that would have potential in harming an unborn fetus? Plus there is a social stigma against women who smoke while pregnant so it would be hard to collect data from women who do smoke since they would be less likely to admit that they did smoke or how much they smoke. Same reason why there isn't much data about alcohol. Its unethical to do those type of studies..but honestly if there is even the SLIGHTEST chance your baby could be born underweight, or even if they were at the correct weight the possiblity of being premature? I have a 30 weeker I did everything by the book and he was still a premie but i know if I would have smoked while pregnant he would have had lots of issues but since i was healthy and took care of myself he didn't even need oxygen! If there is even a chance for any of that would you really risk it? Im an ex smoker so i know how hard it is to quit...


RED 6 years ago

THE MOTHER OF MY FIRST BORN NEICE SMOKED A PACK AND A HALF OF CIGARETTES A DAY AND I THOUGHT SHE WAS A PIECE OF SHIT MOTHER. I ALWAYS THOUGHT IF I EVER GOT PREGNANT I WOULD QUIT SMOKING COLD TURKEY. NOW I AM CURRENTLY 8 MONTHS PREGNANT AND I HAVE NOT HAD THE POWER TO QUIT SMOKING EVEN THOUGH I STOPPED DRINKING BEER AND SMOKING WEED. I CUT DOWN TO 3 TO 5 CIGARETTES A DAY AND I CONSTANTLY TELL MY DOCTOR ABOUT MY PROBLEM. THE ONLY THING HE TELLS ME IS TO KEEP TRYING AND DOESN'T SAY MUCH ELSE ABOUT IT. IF SMOKING CIGARETTES WAS SO SERIOUS WOULDN'T DOCTORS DO MORE TO HELP AND WOULDN'T THERE BE MORE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE THEORIES STATED BY ALL OF YOU? MY MOTHER SMOKED THROUGH MY PREGNANCY AND MY BROTHER'S AND I WAS 8 POUNDS AND MY BROTHER WAS NEARLY 10. AND MY NEICE WAS BORN 3 WEEKS EARLY GRANTED, BUT SHE WAS 6 POUNDS 14 OUNCES.


StrugglingInMaine 6 years ago

Oh it's so easy to bash smoking when you've never been a smoker or if you were one of the lucky ones who could just put the idea right out of your head when you learned you were carrying a child. Some of us are not so lucky.

First of all, yelling and screaming and scaring a pregnant woman about the dangers of smoking is NOT the way to go about helping them quit. On the contrary, it often stresses them out and makes them reach for a cigg to calm themselves down.

Smoking is an ADDICTION. It is something that for some, is harder to kick than heroin. I commend any woman who is working hard to cut back, as it has been stated by numerous doctors and scientists that even just cutting back, smoking less, greatly reduces the dangers. You should be patting these women on the back for cutting back to 1-5 ciggs a day.. especially those like me who were up to a pack and a half to 2 packs a day. It is NO EASY FEAT. Do you think for one moment that we do not think of the child in our wombs every time we have a cigarette?? Do you think it doesn't worry us? We are not monsters. We are human.

I smoked with my first pregnancy, no more than 3-5 ciggs a day. I cut that back from 2 packs a day. It wasn't all that difficult, but it wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done. My daughter was born very healthy and still is to this day at nearly 6 years old. She is very intelligent, no behavior problems, asthma or learning disabilities. She was a healthy 6lbs 7oz, 21" long and she was born at 39 weeks as I was induced.

This pregnancy, (I am 9 weeks) has been MUCH harder and I am trying my absolute HARDEST to get it down to that 3-5. Women like me beat themselves up enough about their addiction, what we need is support and understanding. We need encouragement and praise when we DO reach a milestone of getting down to 9 a day, then 7, then 4 etc etc.

Pregnancy is can be a strange and difficult time for women. We need love and compassion, support and encouragement. Not criticism and hostile words.


Me 6 years ago

I'm 25 weeks pregnant and 2 days ago at work, my boss came in and caught me smoking, she made me feel bad that i haven't had a cigarette since, i pick up my nicotine inhaler and my mum moans at me that it's worse...i try to think of the money i can save for me and the baby...but it's soooo hard to stop, i've got a five yr old son and i smoked the whole way through my pregnancy and he is intelligent and well behaved and at 7lb 8ounches was not a small baby...i feel like i have the little gremlin on my shoulder, and in a strange way feel as though i've lost my friend, nicotine does strange things to you, and i hate the fact that i'm stressed and moody...what to do? i just want a cigarette!!!


Uhavenoidea 6 years ago

All the negative responses here are making me want a cig even more! Wish I had never seen this site!!!!!!


Drmomof3 6 years ago

I had a patient come in to my office with this thread and i thought I would just put my input in on it since I am a physician and an obstetrical physician at that. I am also a mother to three beautiful children and a former smoker. I quit because I think it is outrageous the prices have skyrocketed to and refuse to pay that much. Just my way of rebelling per say.

I smoked during all 3 of my pregnancies and all 3 of my children weighed in at 8lbs or above. All of them were right on time. All of them are very smart. None of them have any health problems, Asthma, etc.

The reason that babies are born smaller when pregnant women smoke is because 93% of the time women who smoke do not eat well balanced meals. The baby does not get the nutrients it needs to grow. Smoking does restrict the blood vessels and if your only eating bird size portions and your restricting your blood vessels it's like trying to catch rain in a thimble. Although if you are a smoker and you are pregnant you can cause yourself so much stress while trying to quit cold turkey that you can actually go into a miscarriage from stress. As far as the asthma, SIDS, ADHD, etc there is no proof of this at all. The studies that you see that show this information is not just limited to women who smoke only cigarettes. The women in these studies often have a history of drug abuse, drinking, and social and enviormenatal factors that they aren't focusing on. In other words these women have more going on than just smoking. They have other addictions.

My advice to every pregnant woman who smokes is try and cut back but do not put so much pressure on yourself that you cause more problems than smoking does. EAT!! You can take off the weight you gain easier than your baby can put weight on after birth. Do not be afraid to gain 25-35lbs with your pregnancy. And RELAX! Your pregnant, not radioactive. Pregnancy is something women have been doing since the dawn of time. Your body knows how to handle itself.

One other thing. Nicotine and Caffeine work much the same and are in the same family of drug. Yet for some reason you don't see people throwing a fit and having a lynch mob ready when a pregnant woman drinks a soda or cup of coffee do you? Yet those two drugs work the exact same way on the blood vessels and caffeine stays with you 12 hours longer than nicotine does. That's why you crave nicotine more often than caffeine.


Cassandra 6 years ago

Im 27 weeks pregnant and I smoke. I know its a bad habbit but I cant seem to quit. I used to smoke a pack and half a day, now Im down to maybe 6 cigarettes a day. Im trying to wing myself off of them. Im quitting very slowly but it just seems like its taking to long. My goal to to be done by the time Im 30 weeks.


Lee 6 years ago

I have been stressing about having one fag a day all your comments have really helped. Although some are over the top people nowadays look at you like a piece of shit even if u smoke and your not pregnant. Each to there own I say. U know in your heart what's right.


worried 6 years ago

hi..

im 26 weeks pregs. i used to smoke one pack a day, but i have cut down to just half a ciggarette a day. everything seems to be fine with my pregnancy so far... but im still guilty and worried... :(


hmm 6 years ago

just a thought, there are so many studies that 'prove' smokers are more likely to get lung/mouth/throat cancer. do you think that it is possible that we are born with a gene that makes us predisposed to get these cancers and that gene draws us to smoking cigarettes? all the studies can prove are correlations between smoking and cancer... that's all you have, you cant prove its smoking causing cancer or cancer causing smoking, right? right.


missy moomoo 6 years ago

i am 7 weeks pregnant i am 17 years old and i smoke but i have cut down to 2 or less aday sometimes i dnt even smoke and my baby looks ok but sometimes i do worrie because its my first and i want my baby to be fine and healthy but it is realy hard some people on here talk like uno they no everything about smoking while pregnant some of u need to grow up and start thinking of others and not your self cuz u make moms who smoke feel really bad and that's not good because they feel like there harming there baby so bad and that's not ture i have read though all of these and i thank the women that tell the truth telling the truth is nice and i hope all your babys will be fine and they wil be no matter wat fuk wat people say do wat ur doing dnt let them give u ideas cuz its really hard i no im young and stuff but i no aswell ur babys will be fine just keep trying


rosie 6 years ago

Hi

I am 27 weeks prego and smoke. Don't feel too good about it, but have manage to cut down to three or four cigarets a day and that's really good to me. I am worried about my baby,but i think that if it should be born ill it will if you smoke or not. I rather not stress about it, eat well and rest well. Cant wait to have her but only few more weeks. So all smokers just cut down and don't stress its better for your baby then stoping and stressing.


melaniekaras 6 years ago

FUCK ALL YOU ALL. Such perfect little RANTERS out there, how the fuck do you know what causes what and studies show this and studies show that? Are you the doctors now? Studies also show that computers make your baby retarted and not enough folic acid and this and that DO THIS AND THE MILLIONS DON'T DO THAT. PERFECT LITTLE MOTHERS DON'T ALWAYS HAVE SUCH PERFECT LITTLE BABIES. There is a little more to it then smoking there HOT STUFF!! What about the 45 year old, what about the fast food junkie, the sleeping impaired, perscription medications, tylenol addicts, soda drinkers, coffee lovers, lazy people, real fat people, GIVE US A FUCKING BREAK, Stop fussin' over a couple a smokes a day. Most women cut down or qui!!t Stop ranting & raving and stressing us out more with all thses new studies. Everything is half chance in life no matter what the reason cause or outcome.


melaniekaras 6 years ago

you think your so smart with your new findings and printing them. If the fetus is weak and vulnerable? Well... were living in the wrong world. We would believe that a simple lotion with a couple of parabens could cause fatal birth defects and CANCERS. Did you check your lotions? There is a million sites out there that make huge claims with "THEE" latest studies. I am afraid its a study that could be beneficial or NOT! but then again who is supervising these people. Are they trusted doctors or Some little miss know it all 20 year old? Who are these people that are doing studies? Because you damn well better know before you judge another. Just look at any new study it all causes birth defects... YOU COULD SEE WHY I AM ANGRY. I'm eating well, prenatals, all of it that's healthy so BE QUIET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


ha ha ha 6 years ago

Cassandra i am on the same boat as you, people make me laugh!!!!! i am proud of how far i have come


lolo 6 years ago

london school of economics pregnancy and smoking read it


baby mama 6 years ago

I am 40 weeks pregnant with my first baby and being induced next week. I have smoked occassionally throughoyt this pregnancy and my doctor says the weight of my baby right now is 8lbs 6 ounces. She is BIG!!! So i truly believe nothing is a fact and it is a case by case basis. They say smoking leads to low birth weight which is not true in my case and they also say it leads to premature birth. i am being induced nexy week because the baby is late.... So i think it is all BULLSHIT.... Don't take advantage cut down absolutly but do what you need to do....


Ellelockley 6 years ago

I'm 4 weeks and 4 days pregnant and for some reason i am wanting a ciggerette more often now than i did before. I hope i 'go off' them or feel sick at the smell of them because at the moment, i'm craving them more. Maybe because i'm worried about my 51 yr old father has cancer, lack of money, studies, work, i'm getting married in 4 weeks time, honeymoon, got 1 child already and 2 step children who social services have given to me as there mom is in prison and she never wants them back so im adopting them and the list really does go on. My DR wanted me to have anti depressants days before i knew i was pregnant (unplanned but not unwelcome!) and i said no. SO now, i'm not taking any medications but i am coping i think through smoking. I've had 6 today and feel guilty but then when i think how i've handled my pretty awful day i smile and think.. well done me. Am i really such a bad person? I lost twins during pregnancy at 8 weeks (after 4.5 yrs of fertility treatment) in 2002 and i never smoked, drank, touched a cup of coffee/tea, i did yoga for pregnancy and i ticked every 'box'of what determined a perfect mom to be. I am doing my best now for my current situation. My 2 step children who live full time with me now were born addicted to methodone and their mom smoked crack and herion during pregnancy. They are 2 very smart/beautiful children and after all they have been through.. there just so perfect in every way. This weebsite has made me question how much to smoke per day but i can't imagine giving up altogether i'm afraid.


inad 6 years ago

People should worry more about stuffing their faces as that has been preoven to be more harmful to the mother and fetus!! STOP WORRYING ABOUT SMOKING AND WORRY ABOUT THE WHOPPERS YOU STUFF IN YOUR FACE!!! MORE PEOPLE DIE FORM BEING OVERWEIGHT THAN SMOKING!!!


concerned 6 years ago

Would you people learn how to spell?

If you are self-righteous, you are most likely the last person with any kind of business giving advice.

Unfortunately "knowing" about the poisons in tobacco doesn't resolve the addiction.

Ignorance is running rampant in here and I will not be back to this site. It is a sad display of hystronics and ignorance.


Single Mommy in USA 6 years ago

I have read many websites trying to get enough motivation to quit. I was a pack a day smoker and cut beck when I found out I was pregnant. No matter how much I tried, I just couldn't fully quit even though I knew smoking was bad for both of us. I am due the first week in April and for whatever reasons, March 1st came and that was it. I haven't picked up a cig. I cannot tell you how and why, I just quit. I was further encouraged to quit because I would not be able to breastfeed and smoke and formula for a single mother is just too expensive...like cigs:) I have been on bed rest and visiting my doctor twice a week and asked when do the lungs develop...and guess what? THE BABY'S LUNGS DEVELOP IN THE LAST MONTH! I noticed more movement and my stress tests have been fine...my baby has saved my life and in turn I have already increased the time we have together having quit a habit I have had for almost 20 years. I thank him everyday and pray he is healthy and happy. I wish those of you who want to quit the best of luck and just try...every effort helps you and the baby!


b chick 6 years ago

hi, im on my second child 30 weeks prego. my first i had a son i smoked the ENTIRE pregnancy . i feel very bad because my son was born allergic to cig smoke and a very weak immune system because of my dumb choice. i am now 30 weeks pregnant and still smoking i really truly cant stop . i don't wont to hurt my child but its so hard. i know i cant give advice since im in the wrong but smoking while pregnant can really hurt your child.


Aussie pregnant wife 6 years ago

Thank you for all the comments, i smoke and i am 14 weeks along. I have cut down from a pack a day to 2-4 a day. I feel extremely guilty and worried everyday, but i cant help it. I prey and hope everything will be fine. Just remember it is an addtiction!


Tazzy29 6 years ago

It was so great to see everyones comments on here, i am 8 weeks pregnant and have been struggling to quit this site has given me a good wake up call , thanks all


hmmm 6 years ago

my wife is only a few months pregnant with our first child, and we are both smokers, if a women is a smoker and gets pregnant that they shouldn't quit but rather slow down. if she quits cold turkey then this will put stress on her body and in turn on the baby. theres the facts!!!!

signed respectfully,

m.d. mcintyre

obgyn


glamorous all over 6 years ago

my boyfriend smokes and i am always telling him to stop as i can always smell it and it might effect my baby but at least i quit last year now somehow i have gone from loving cigs to hating them i also strongly believe that any pregnant woman should not smoke not for there sake but for the baby


NaKayla 6 years ago

i have always tried to quit smoking and once i found out i was pregnant i stopped cold turkey no problem. the smell made me sick, nobody can smoke while i was in the car i cant handle it. but now that im farther along the smell doesn't bother me as much. and does a few cigarettes here and there really hurt my baby just as much as smoking a pack a day ?


Peter H M Craig 6 years ago

Hi,It's Peter here.

I have briefly looked over many of the comments,and found them very interesting, which I will look back on very soon. My question is; "Can a pregnant woman endanger the unborn child by smoking weed constantly through the pregnancy?"


Alix 6 years ago

My personal opinion is that there will always be the smokers and non-smoker, anyone who smokes will say its not that bad and people who don't smoke will say it terrible, evryone should wake up and realise that. If you're baby is disabled or if you misscarry its because it was meant to happen, there are plenty or crack whore who pop babies out like there is no tomorrow, my mum smoked the whole time she was pregnant with me my brother and sister and there is nothing wrong with any of us. I think the sfaest option is to speak to your doctor and midwife because is smoking was THAT bad they wouldn't be allowed to sell cigarettes in the shop just as drugs like ecstasy and cocaine and heroin are banned.


Hope 6 years ago

Everyone that says well im pregnant and ive been smoking through the entire pregnancy and my doctor says its fine or i smoked through my entire pregnancy with my first child and they came out prefectly healthy. Well thank god for that and your child is lucky but its not all like that! Smoking does affect your unborn baby! My sister is a smoker and she didn't know it at the time but she was pregnant and at 16 weeks she lost the baby, because of a spontaneous abortion that was induced by smoking! If your a smoker and your pregnant or become pregnant don't chance your baby's life by smoking during the pregnancy. Step up, be a mother and quit!!!! If not for your sake, do it for your unborn baby!!!!!!


Amanda 6 years ago

I am 17 years old and I just found out I am 6 weeks pregnant. Ive also been a smoker for 4 years, not a proud thing to say but its the facts. Since I found out I have went from a half a pack a day easy to maybe 4 or 5. I know its not the best I can do but doesn't that lower the risk for hurting my baby? Please don't critisize I just would like to know.


Marcie 6 years ago

you guys are all stupid, that smoke! you're killing you're baby. stop being so damn selfish! and quit!


razzmattaz 6 years ago

Im 29 weeks 2day, I have been trying to quit since a few weeks into my pregnancy. I smoke bout 3 a day. I keep saying from tommorrow ill stop for mnths but 2morrow never cums. i am soo stressed. had my 20 week scan and baby looks fine they sed, but im still worried, will these 3 cigarrettes have a lasting effect on my baby?


lauren 6 years ago

Smoking in pregnancy is far less damaging to the unborn baby than commonly supposed, detailed analysis suggests. If women give up smoking by the fifth month of pregnancy, the effect on the baby is negligible, the study found. And even if they do not, the effect on birthweight is surprisingly small.

The study by Emma Tominey, a research assistant at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, throws new light on government efforts to stop women smoking when they become pregnant. While it does not suggest that such efforts are pointless, it shows that directing advice towards the newly pregnant is worthwhile.

It also shows that the worst effects are suffered by women from the poorest backgrounds, because in their case smoking is often combined with other unhealthy activities, such as poor diet and consumption of alcohol.

Middle-class women suffer almost no damaging effects, the analysis suggests, even if they continue to smoke throughout pregnancy.

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The findings, published as a report by the centre, will not be welcomed by anti-smoking groups, whose message to young women is intended to make them feel guilty about damaging their babies.

In Ms Tominey’s view, the damage is real but relatively small, and even if all women gave up smoking, only about one in eight babies with a low birthweight would avoid being classified as such.

The report uses data from the UK National Child Development Study, which provides details of mothers and their children between 1973 and 2000 — a total of 3,368 women and 6,860 children.

The information includes the mothers’ smoking habits, information about their families, and the birthweight and gestation period of the children.

Analysis of the data shows that smoking throughout pregnancy reduces birthweight by 5.6 per cent, and the gestation period by just over a day. But when the results are corrected for other factors, such as diet, lifestyle and alcohol, the effect of smoking on birthweight drops to 1.8 per cent and the reduction in gestation becomes insignificant.

The study also finds that, contrary to the normal belief that damage is done early in pregnancy, it is the final third that matters most, because this is when babies gain the most weight.

Another surprising finding is the strong class effect. The damage is greatest among mothers with the lowest levels of education. Those who leave school at 16 cause twice the harm to their babies with each cigarette smoked. Ms Tominey concludes: “Other behaviours of the mother play a large role . . . over and above her smoking habits.”

Policies intended to help babies should aim to educate mothers generally, not simply try to persuade them to stop smoking, she said.

However, she does not conclude that smoking is harmless. “We find that up to 13 per cent of children classified as low-birthweight born to smoking mothers could have been classified as healthy, had their mothers not smoked.”

The policy implications, however, are that stopping smoking alone is not enough to deal with inequalities in child health, she concludes.

“Not only is it the low-socioeconomic-status mothers who choose to smoke, but they are also the mothers bearing the greatest burden from the smoking.”

She said: “Therefore, any potential solution must offer help to these mothers, to target those with the worst habits and poorest records of child health.”


coleen 6 years ago

it is so easy for non smokers to come on here and preach

i actually came across this because i smoked cigarettes before i found out i was pregnant and was looking to see comments from other readers who also smoked before they realised they were pregnant

there seems to be a lot scare mongering on here and clashes of words between smokers and non smokers


louise 6 years ago

Hi there im 15 weeks pregnant and a smoker i have cut down to a about 2 a day ,you know your own body ,its your life ,who are these people to judge us . i will try to give up and did with my first baby but seem to be finding it a lot harder this time round . do what you want be sensable in your own minds ...im sure we will all go on to have healthy bunddles of joy ..good luck everyone.


katie 6 years ago

wow that's rely bad


life 6 years ago

I am trying to have a baby the minute I find out I am I will stop not just because it cause risks for the baby but for me too, my grandmother died of lung cancer and I want to see my children grow up and get married and be a grandmother one day, I know anything can happen in life but wh add to the risk, so those of you finding it hard maybe think of it that way if you were given a choice to stay around and watch your children grow up or smoke and leave them early from cancer what would you pick? hope this helps some one


melaniekaras 6 years ago

everything causes birth defects even tap water good luck


Lou 6 years ago

I quit smoking as soon as i found out that i was pregnant-was only a few weeks gone and still miscarried at 11weeks. So i believe things happen for a reason and defects can happen regardless. I smoked during my first pregnancy, not heavily but a few a week and my daughter is perfect height, weight and as strong as on ox (she is 8 now). I have just found out im pregnant again and still have the odd cigerette, one a day on average as i was too advised that it can cause more damage stopping smoking than actually having the odd one.


louise 6 years ago

katie do one you nob your probabliy the one with the big mouth..and trys to be miss perfect.


veemer 6 years ago

Smoking during pregnancy is really not a good idea. If you do it then you did it. My dad smoked (back in the day) around my mother. She sat there not knowing shit about it. I know a few mothers that have done smoking and other wild things during there pregnancy. In my opinion I think they were foolish. Their kids are fine and growing doing well. I hope the best for you smokers, I now see that it's hard for some people to kick the habit. God Bless you and forgives you I guess. :)

Hey i'm guilty too. I have been having a beer once in a while during my last pregnancy. I'll come back later and tell you what happens to my baby onces it's here.

Ciao


elicia 6 years ago

my aunt smoked with all three of her daughters, her first daughter, christina, was valedictorian, she doesn't have asthma or any other type of medical condition, shes healthy and she was a fairly big/healthy baby and her mother smoked a pack and a half a day. So I do not agree that it causes your child to have poor academic performance.

Jaala, wasn't valedictorian but graduated with a 3.5GPA and is currently in college, where she is doing extremely well to become a nurse. she, like her sister, has no medical conditions or any behavior problems.

Kayla, hasn't enrolled in pre-school yet but she can tell you what every body part is and what its function is, she can tell you all the colors of the rainbow and count to 25 and she knows all of her abc's and how to spell her name (along with many other words including the states, her mothers and she's a very bright, intelligent girl.

so, although I have never had kids nor do I smoke, I think that although all those things MAY CAUSE those things, it doesn't state that it "WILL" its 50/50. Especially since some people aren't aware that they're pregnant for say two months b/c they have irregular periods and its not uncommon for them to miss periods and they smoke during that time.


Krys 6 years ago

Im about 5 weeks pregnant with my second child, and still smoking about 3-4 cigarettes a day. I did not smoke with my first but I also did not quit cold-turkey. I worked my way down just as I am doing now til I could not stand to have a one. I would just like to say that the leading cause of miscarriage is stress. That stress could easily be caused by quitting cold-turkey whilst pregnant. My advice is cut down as much as you possibly can within the first trimester (if you can.) In addition to that there is NO scientific evidence that smoking leads to ADHD/ADD, or "behaviourial problems". I might add that A LOT of children develop behaviourial problems (that's and quite normal. Lastly, quite frankly im a bit intrigued by them linking ADD's to smoking. A very large number of children that develop these disorders have NOT come from mothers that smoked or drank while pregnant.. Just some food for thought.


Sonia 6 years ago

I'm 25 weeks pregnant, as soon as I discovered I was pregnant I stopped. The love I immediately felt for my little embryo was bigger and stronger than any form of addiction.

If you are pregnant and still selfishly smoking away answer this....when your baby is born, will you inhale on your cigarette and then blow it out right into your baby's mouth? No! I very much doubt it. Well that is exactly what you are doing to your unborn child.

Have you stopped drinking?

Have you stopped eating Pate?

Have you stopped eating/drinking non-pasturised dairy products?

The answer is Probably YES - so why carry on smoking? Your baby will be addicted to nicotine when it is born, an addiction that you will not continue to feed, so it will be screaming, crying, bad tempered, unhappy...all the things that you feel when you try to give up. But the poor little mite won't have asked for any of that - you are an adult. Give up and deal with it!

As for those of you who think it's still ok to smoke in pregnancy just because it was when our grandparents were pregnant......it was also acceptable to drink and drive then or have a baby/child in the car without a car seat. Not now....because 'they' have learnt otherwise. Take heed of the very clever scientists who know better than you!


To Sonia 6 years ago

no, they just want everyone to quit smoking so badly their starting to come up with some ridiculous stuff. everytime i go to the doctor, even though i quit when i was pregnant, even if i had a cold, stop smoking and gave me some reason why it would make it worse, or when i had an ear infection they told me to quit smoking, blah blah.

yes it causes lung cancer and other things and maybe it can have an impact on your unborn child but this stuff is getting ridiculous.

& another thing, most doctors recommend not to quit cold turkey as it can hurt your child and cause 'stress' so they say that you should slow down until your able to quit.


mom2b 6 years ago

FIRST OF ALL, all the problems that happen "because of smoking" can happen even to a non-smoker. you can do everything perfect and your baby can still have issues. the only thing that i have seen *proven* is low birth weight.

a very close friend of mine did everything right & then some and unfortunately her son was born with his organs on the outside of his body. you don't have to smoke to have problems.

i went from a pack a day to one cigarette a day (if that). if you people really want to be helpful how about you stop slamming people and encourage them. THE ONE THING A PREGNANT WOMAN NEEDS MOST IS SUPPORT, SO YOU ARE NOT HELPING BY BASHING THEM, GROW UP! try telling them that if they cut back to continue to do because you know they can do it. i have been steadily cutting back since i found out and it DOES get easier.

my best advice to quitting is when you want a whole cigarette just take a few drags / smoke half and put it out. that way you get your nicotine and the craving is gone. it really does get easier you just have to work at it, like anything else in life. YOU CAN DO IT LADIES!!


to veemer 6 years ago

HOW DARE YOU! don't say "god bless and forgive you" about smoking if you are DRINKING BEER while pregnant! one beer makes your poor baby BLACK OUT drunk. what a fine mother you will be...


shazza 6 years ago

aw dis page has really annoyed me preg women just want help and advise not 2 be told there goin to be bad mothers they obviously care or they wouldnt of even looked for a page like this an to all the people who ave judged a smoking preg woman on here yes of course everyone is allowed there own say and that but please try and say it in a nicer way. . . and with smokin when preg my mam done it wiv me an my sis my nanny done it with her 10 baby's and my great granny done it to and say of course they cut down and that and a friend of a friend that has a healthy little one yr one drank the whole way tru her preg n i mean like even vodka :O an i hated her for that and it is a miricale the child survive although the child was very small when she was born. . . and i was thinkin maybe the reason that childrens are born lighter when you smoke durnin your preg is maybe because when you smoke you don't be hungary so maybe smokers arnt eatin enough and get enough vitaimns to there baby now hey don't quote me cause i aint no doctor but its jus a taut. . . i am now 37 wks preg myself before i found out i was preg which was at 8 wks when i found out i spend those 8 wks smokin near 40 a day drink nearly everyday an all wkends an am ashamed to say was even doin drugs :( i am nw 21 but ave been smokin since i was 7 due to hinkin it made me cool an grown up but since i found out i ave went of evrythin except fags but ave cut down a lot i even when on to the lights fags with only 1 mg in them and yes everytime i light up i feel so guilty :( an with everythin i ave gone tru in this preg (was not bout the health of my baby as he/she is perfect so the doc's say perfect size heartbeat etc ) i do everythin else rite keep fit eat well i wont even ave a drink of nethin wit caffine in it as i knw that am been selfish enough still smokin so i don't want to be addin to it. . . ok i think ave rambled on enough ha


alex 6 years ago

hi i am 4 weeks pregnant, me and my boyfriend couldn't be happier, i smoke, i have cut down but cnt seem to stop altogether, i really want to tho, as i am reaaly scared i might loose my baby, does any1 have any good tips please?


Jane Doe 6 years ago

I am 5 weeks pregnant and just found out 4 days ago. I have quit cold turkey and I have been feeling so guilty for my hormonal tantrums+ stress......hormones + no cigarettes= a wife every husband hates..I hate myself so much right now... smoke and I feel guilty, don't smoke and I go crazy..either way, its tough..unless you have a very understanding husband who just laughs at your whinging and whining even when you are throwing stuff at him


EM 6 years ago

I'm 11 weeks pregnant and quit 4 days after my positive pregnancy test. YOU'LL ALWAYS WANT TO SMOKE!! I've been a smoker for 17 years. Everyday I think "If I have just ONE- I'll be fine", but you'll always want just one more, and one more, and one more.... The only way to break the habit is to stop. You can always start back up after the baby is born if you so choose. My advice- buy a pack of cigarettes that are the total opposite of what you smoke and make that your last pack. It really helps when you aren't enjoying the cigarettes as much when you are trying to quit. Make that pack last as long as you can and then be done with it. IT'S NOT EASY!!!! Please don't think I don't know how hard this is! But brainpower over willpower will always work :D Good luck!!


tbrooke 6 years ago

EM: great advice!!


lucy 6 years ago

This shit is unreal... I am 8 weeks into my 3rd pregnancy and i smoke i smoked wit my other 2 kids aswell and had 2 fine healthy kids dey were both big babies wen born and have no health issues.... Its not something im proud off as id love to quit because i do feel quilty with every smoke i have but its just so hard to quit..... And i would also like to point out its very easy for none smokers to pass judgment on a pregnant smoker..


fay 6 years ago

stopping smoking out right is better than s gradualy givvin up. ist pregnancy from 20 a day to one or two drags every few weaks she was full term 5lb 11oz, then started up again after baby was 4m old outside the house only washing hands on return and remving old shirt i would cover up in. Second pregnancy again around 20 a day i quit outright was very hard but i new what to exspect from my first pregnancy found lollypops helped with the hand to mouth action and just mostly i just generly preocupiing myself till i forgot about the cravin, was really heard like havin a swarm of bees inside me but was able to do it. Also keepin well away from other smokers was a must they were my biggist trigger to wanting a fag. 10 days after givin birth parent died really stressed started smokin there and then got hooked really quick within a weak or so, smoked all of 6m, about 8 a day (agiain takin what precortions i could noy holdin her in a top i had smoked in) then quite outright again (really relly hard again).Second girl was 9lb 8oz, a great helthy weight yet 5 weaks old i found her in her cot limp and blue in the face no sighns of life in her. paniked started shakin her a nabour revived her thanks to god she was taken to hospital and stoped breathin again half hour later. she was keeped in all in. Now shes a very very healthy little girl. Its been two years since. im 7m into my 3rd pregnancy and truly will never touch a fag again. Smoking is SO SO SO adictive best of luck to all you mothers who genuenly care enouth for there kids to try there HOLE HARTED best, ANYTHING LESS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGTH BEEN THERE AND I NO.plese don't just convince yourself that others do it and there kids turn out ok, Its a crok of sh%* they don't.


Acai Juice Benefits 6 years ago

the food we eat is toxic to a baby, the sir we breath is toxic, tap water has just as many chemicals in it as cigarettes, funny how no one talks about that! basically everything... I honestly don't think a few cigarettes a day will do anything. Everything in moderation. Many people have a drink when pregnant, many people eat fast food when pregnant... there are so many things it is not just SMOKING! If you smoke too much it probably can harm a baby but so can the air we breath and what we eat, drink, people use chemicals to clean every day! There is just so much that a few cigarettes is nothing.


KatieLynn 6 years ago

Drmomof3, your comment was very helpful and probably made a whole lot of women feel better! I find it hilarious that some people sit on their fat ass on the computer, come on this site and have such a huge opinions about pregnant women, smoking, ect. First off you really need a life, the fact that your sitting here cussing and ranting about pregnant women obviously means your not pregnant and just hateful and miserable; And if you have nothing better to do than get on a pregnant fact website and down grade women, your seriously pathetic and need a reality check. And if the only way you can downgrade and out whitt pregnant women is by cussing and bitching, YOU NEED A LIFE!! I'm 24 weeks pregnant with a babygirl, and everythings going great so far; I do a lot of research on a lot of different sites, because this is my first child and i want to insure i'm getting all the information i need, So this site was very intresting and helpful, and gave me a good laugh ;)


Britt L 6 years ago

To all of the women out there who is having a hard time trying to quit smoking... It is easier to stop smoking when you think about the health of your child. The baby didn't ask to be in your belly, I'm 5 weeks pregnant and I have smoked for 5yrs. and it is hard to quit smoking, but when you think about another life inside of you it give you the motivation to want to stop smoking... I have found that popping a piece of gum in my mouth when I get an urge to smoke it really helps. When you try quit smoking, the reason why a lot of people turn to food is because smoking gives you an oral fixation and you need to find something else to do when you feel like you you need a cigarette. It really helps.. words of advice for you!


wondering 6 years ago

i quit smoking once i found out i was pregnant :)

however i had a bit of a hard time and gave in. i only had about six in total through out the whole pregnancy.i know my baby was born %100 healthy but i am still feeling very bad.

i have been terribly depressed about it. is there any need to be feeling so depressed about it.


wondering 6 years ago

even though i am depressed about it. i still am not smoking. after baby was born i had a few ( every couple of weeks. and only about 2 or 3) but other than that have stopped.

would you say i am terrible for having 6 during whole pregnancy. just feeling like i have failed.


sammydel 6 years ago

@wondering hunny 6 fags during the whole pregnancy certaintly could never affect your baby in any way! Think about this: there is women who smoke 20 a day the whole way through pregnancy, why? because for most women, pregnant or not, itis still verrrry hard and strassful to give up. There is no reason for you to feel like you have failed, you have a beautiful healthy baby!!! Maybe go see the doc because maybe you are experiencing post-natal depression? Good luck darlin, it will all work out xxx


ElleBaby 6 years ago

I am 32 years old and 35 weeks pregnant. I have smoked since I was 14. I am also a recovering alcohlic and drug addict, I have been clean for 3 and 1/2 years now. I mention that because I would just like to point out that I am aware of what living with and overcoming an addiction is like.It can be very difficult, but is totally possible!

When I found out I was pregnant I cut down from a pack a day to about 6 a day. Every few days I would deduct one ciggerette from my daily allowence. My doctor wanted me to be completely quit by the beginning of my second trimester. I tried and triend but could not seem to go lower than 2 or 3 a day. I cannot tell you the amount of stress and guilt I suffered from during this time. My entire day and energy was spent on feeling bad and worrying about the effects of my behavior.

My father printed a handfull of articles off line about the affect of smoking during pregnancy for me to read. I smoked a ciggerette and sat down and read them . I cried sooo hard after really looking at what I was doing in black and white. I havnt had a ciggerette since.

I have quit being dependent on many substances in the past and this by far was the hardest for me to let go of. Iwent to rehab and surround myself with sober support to get clean. I don't understand why there is not more help for people who are trying to quit somoking.

I know for me, I had to accept that the feelings I was gonna feel during quitting was gonna suck, But I would get through them. Attachment is just a feeling, walking through them is easier than the fear we build up in our minds, just thinking about it. I had to keep telling myself that I could do this, instead of focusing on how hard it was or how terrible it felt.I also prayed allot for the strength. The painful part is temporary. I think the most important advice I was givien was to stay relaxed. I did allot of deep breathing. I was constantly taking deep breathes. I prepared myself to be going through it for a few days, started knitting and watched allot of TV so I could stay busy. I think cutting down first was very important in my success.

I dont know if the studies are true and frankly I don't care. Just the possibility of them being true made me feel enough guilt to ruin my life. The baby feels all of this too. For that reason alone it was worth it to me to go through the process. The hardest part is the first 3 days after that it gets a little easier each day. I still want a cigerrette sometimes, I just don't have one.

I am not a preacher, Im just sharing my experience. I hope that it may help someone going through this..

Just remember that we can do anything we put our hearts and minds to. Sometimes we limit ourselves by believing otherwise. Forget all the negatives people say and listen to your heart & NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP TRYING!!!!!


kaleyf 6 years ago

I have found many of the comments useful. I gave up cold turkey just after I found out I was pregnant at about 6 weeks. I found it so easy as concentrating on baby developing healthily. I was so pleased it was so easy. At around 35 weeks I have started to feel very anxious for different reasons and have had about 5 cigarettes a day since. I feel awful but slightly better as ultrasound shows baby is normal size and weight and now I'm 40 weeks still with no probs. Feel terribly guilty but at the same time 5 per day for the last 4 - 5 weeks surely cannot do too much harm?


louise 6 years ago

HI, so i am dissappointed with myself because i had about 2-4 smoke a month during whole pregnancy. i cant completely remember how many i had. I didn't smoke at all at home but the minute i went to the inlaws i would have one. i didn't have any during the last two months or the first two months. and my baby was completely healthy. only just under 6pounds which is normal for me as im only 5foot. and my first was 6pounds as well and i had none during who pregnancy. so do you think i am being really hard on myself for no reason....or do i deserve it. just really feel like i am a terrible mother. because i no that i could and would of gone without if only i didn't see my inlaws. i gave in this pregnancy not like my first. but i harldy saw them during the first one because i was working long hours. whereas now i am still at home until my children go to school. help :(


marj 6 years ago

Hi.

When I was 2 weeks pregnant, I tried to get an abortion and found out a week later that I was still pregnant. I was so scared and did not know what to do. So I went to a obgyne. The doctor said that I had a normal and healthy baby even though I tried that stupid thing. I was even a smoker at that time. I could not quit at all. My doctor gave me some kind of imported juice that was kinda tasty which could cut down the nicotine that I smoked.

Now, I am 6 months pregnant and smokes twice a week now. I am trying my best to stop. Don't criticize me. I know my faults and I pray everyday that my baby is healthy. But if you guys have opinions for me, I will be pleased to hear them. I'm just so down everytime that I think of what I did to my baby. I feel so ashamed and worried for him. Please help me pray for his health.

THANK YOU all for listening.


aa 6 years ago

im a smoker and having my second child i have cut down a lot my first child came out healty he is now 3 now im 25 weeks preg and down to 5 cigs a day i don't think people should put smokers down as long as there trying to cut down or give up that's the main thing i think people should mind there own buiness and worry about there own pregnancy


Kate  5 years ago

I have been smoking for years and smoked through my 1st pregnancy although she is a clever smart beautiful little girl she is quite hyperactive. I did find getting pregnant with my second really hard then i decided to quit smoking with the help of patches and low and behold 4 weeks later i'm pregnant i do think it's better to quit smoking if your having a baby even using patches is better for the baby than smoking because patches do not effect your oxygen levels . good luck to all and happy quitting x


Cigs :/ 5 years ago

I like all the comments on here it really helped even those who disagree while foul language I know where your coming from.

My story is I'm 22 weeks pregnant. I quit when I found out I was pregnant. But I smoked previously. I had to wait for a doctors appt. For like 2 weeks and they said I was 13 weeks pregnant. That means I smoked for the first 9 weeks. I didn't tell my doctor I was pregnant because I was ashamed. The babys heart beat was normal, and the baby seemed to be healthy. I quit cold turkey. Then I started to smoke 2-3 cigs a day at 20 weeks again. My husband smokes and it makes me want one really bad. But after reading this site it is very encouraging to quit. Because it's my first child and want nothing but good for her. Thank you again for the posts.


beautiam 5 years ago

I have read and laughed at a lot of these comments. You allow people to comment on your site and stupid people come behind them and curse them out for their opinions. Love it! Fact is this site is incorrect in one aspect... Smoking DOES NOT cause any of the things listed. Statistics and proven facts all state "cigarette smoking MAY CAUSE". I have 3 beautiful very healthy children. I smoked with my first one, quite at 6 weeks with my other two. No one is adhd, behavior problems, all were perfectly normal healthy weight, all excel at academics in school. One in talented arts, two are gifted (one gifted I smoked with). I do believe the effects of smoking while pgt. depends on each person case by case and their other health factors. My dr. didn't want me to quit cold turkey because stress on me was stress on my baby. I was told to cut back slowly to quit. and lastly to Kate, I was also told by my dr. not to use the patch to quit smoking because the nicotine patch goes straight into your system and is carried straight to the baby faster. Check into that one again. Good luck to all pgt. smokers. Fact is it is bad for all of us, born, unborn, young and old. God Bless!


Nikki 5 weeks 5 years ago

Hi, well after reading every single comment on this page and being a smoker myself I can see both sides of this argument. Ive just found out I'm five weeks pregnant with my second child which we are over the moon about! I used to smoke about 20 a day and since finding out my good news last week have cut down to just 3 a day. With my first pregnancy I didn't find out I was pregnant till about 20weeks so as I was unaware I was still smoking pack a day then managed to half it then at about 30 weeks cut right down to 7 a day and I had a healthy girl weighing 8.8lb who is now 3 and is extremely bright! She was walking at 9 months and talking at 11 months. I am a healthy weight and exercise 4 days a week so I believe that if you eat well and do moderate exercise and as long as your trying your hardest to cut down then you will go on to have a healthy baby as long as you don't stress out! Good luck all x


Katelynn 5 years ago

I'm not a doctor, but here are some of my personal experiences with smoking and pregnancy:

My husband's parents both smoked heavily until he was seven years old, and both he and his sister are perfectly fine.

My mother *never* smoked a day in her life, and my little brother has ADHD.

A nurse came to my high school to talk to students about pregnancies. She, being a nurse, did everything right and still had a son with Down's Syndrome.

A friend of mine was a two-pack-a-day smoker, discovered she was pregnant unexpectedly, and managed to cut down to one or two smokes a day but was never able to fully quit, and her son is beautiful and in perfect health.

There are so many things in our environment that can cause birth defects, miscarriages, etc. that I don't think smoking in moderation during pregnancy can be, or should be blamed as the sole factor for anything and everything. I do agree that it probably isn't the most healthy thing a woman can do while pregnant, but I also agree that it is far from the worst!

My friend who smoked through her pregnancy was given some advice from the nurse caring for her, so I will share it with you: the stress and anxiety from quitting cold-turkey does cause far more damage to your baby than actually smoking does. Cut back as much as you are able to. If you think "gee I could go for a smoke right now", wait and distract yourself. Try not to smoke until you are at the point of ABSOLUTELY NEEDING ONE, and then try not to smoke a whole one.

Take care, and best of luck.


worried 5 years ago

I have read all ur comments and it was very helpful but i can't help feeling guilty, i am 28 weeks pregnant and lately feel this urge for a smoke, i had two cigs for 4 days and feel very worried that it will affect my baby. I quit smoking about two years ago because i have IBS and my boyfriend didn't like it, during the first part of my pregnancy i cudn't stand the smell of cig but now i love the smell and wanted a cig just to smell it, i bought a pack of the light ones and had only two, WILL THIS AFFECT MY BABY IN ANY WAY? PLEASE COMMENT ( VERY WORRIED). After seeing this site i decide that's enough but i don't know what tomorrow will


Chelsea 5 years ago

I just want to make a point that people seem to forget -

Years ago when our parents and grandparents smoked the number of chemicals in cigarettes were far less then what we put in them today. Heck just recently they added a new chemical making them 'fire safe'.

I smoked for ten years - pack a day, and just found out I am 5 weeks along. I went from a pack a day to two a day and within the week will quit completely.

Remind yourself of your child and the mom you want to be. Now is the best time to quit. The key is to keep yourself busy. A lot of it is psychological.


Chelsea Anne 5 years ago

Wheather its a heavy or a light it doesn't matter they still have the same chemicals im finding it hard to quit,

cos i rely on a ciggerette to keep me sane im only 8 weeks along but after reading this im gunna go cold turkey all the people who think it is wrong i agree whole heartedly, and it is also selfish,

Light smokes are the same as heavy smokes they still can cause harm to your baby best to try cold turkey....


Charmfer 5 years ago

I've read through all these articles. I've been smoking since I was 21. Never crossed 5 smokes a day on average. I have cut down to one smoke a day now. I am not sure if I am pregnant but I'm scared shitless thinking about how that one drag MIGHT affect the baby. LOGICALLY I see no harm in a couple of drags as and when required though I know that IF I do get a confirmation on my pregnancy I will not touch a smoke again. Not coz I am carrying but for me, for my own health. Being a smoker myself I know how tough it is to quit and I know how agitated one can get not having those couple of drags. I feel it's better to not be stressed and have that drag than sending negativity to the embryo/ fetus.

We must bear in mind that every emotion we experience the baby will experience too. Do we really want to stress the little thing growing inside of us? When hormones surge through us the baby is affected directly.

As tough as it may be we should try and keep ourselves relaxed and work for the best interest for ourselves and our babies. We are responsible for the life we conceived.


LilMama 5 years ago

I don't agree with smoking while pregnant. You should try to quit before getting pregnant but sometimes that doesn't happen... I am a smoker. I smoked maybe 5 smokes a day with my first, drank coffee, hate horribly because morning sickness was so bad. Over 7lbs, ahead in school ( youngest in his grade), but he does have seasonal allergies, which run in my family. My second pregnancy, had two to 4 smokes after i found out and quit cold turkey; I miscarried. 3 pregnancy same thing. 4 th pregnancy snuck 3-5 a day or less at times, over albs healthy, and is perfectly fine.... I am now 12 weeks and my husband and I agreed this time to cut back tp quit, of course it's not on my time and ability it's on his. He still smokes too! Telling me I can't have half a smoke. I went from 1 pack, to 3 smokes, to 2 ( for 2 days) to 1 to half. Now half a week he "allows me". All in a month and a half! My anxiety level and irritability and emotions are off the wall, we fight, I yell at my kids for no reason. The stress has got to be worse and I can't sleep withdrawal is so bad. So all you righteous people out there you tell me again I am selfish! When I have a still birth because I wasn't allowed my 1 smoke a day, because I didn't plan this pregnancy so I didn't get the chance to quit before hand, tell me again I am selfish..,, please!


Victoria  5 years ago

Ive read every comment and have researched on the internet and have read comments on several other sites and am confident that I have plenty of different points of views.

At 20 yrs old I am at 25 weeks; I smoked 2 packs for the first month but when I found out I quit cold turkey, feeling quite clever with myself and didn't touch it for 3 months. I can easily say that anyone that is 'planning on quitting next week' needs all the luck they can get lol its not that easy. I didn't smoke for 3 months and the stress was unmanageable and am smoking 2-4 stoges a day. From what I've read thru research it all says 'studies conducted thru women who smoked 10 or more a day'

Every fag I smoke I feel guilty about it. Not oncce have I not thought of junior but I think to myself 'is the stress worth it? Is it worth him losing his life because mommies at the end of her nerve line?'

Answer-i think not. I believeif you keep it to a minimum of 5 or less a day you should be groovy.

Some smart advice that I read on here is buy a pack you don't like and have it be your last one and make it last. If I plan on quitting after this pack I just might take that advice lol.

to everyone who snuck a few throughout your pregnancy, yes you're fine. I'm sure every smoker has and wont just admit it lol.


Shonda 5 years ago

Man, there are a lot of different opinions on here..!! I was looking for some advice because I've been smoking for about 4 years...I am now 21 weeks pregnant...For my first 3 1/2 months I completely stopped smoking cigarettes because I was so nautious&couldn't even stand the smell...After I hit 4 months, I just CRAVED them..It didn't help being around most of my family who smoke either..I slowly would "hit" one here&there & now I smoke about 2-5 a day...I feel horrible, and I know it is a nasty habit whether it has been "proven" to hurt the child or not..I was so proud of myself thinking I had quit but it haunts you, like a drug habit..Don't be so hard on the women who can't just quit...Most of us are sincerely trying....I already love my unborn daughter unconditionally, it's not that we don't care about our babies.... =(


amy 5 years ago

i am five weeks prego and i feel so guilty becuz i have yet to kick the habbit fully i have cut back from a pack aday to a few puffs on some stressful days only a half cig but i do feel so ashamed wen i take a hit ... with my first child i was only 15 and i didn't smoke cigs now i am fighting to stop with my second child and i just don't know what to do .....


Lalala 5 years ago

Okay , to the wemon who drink a glass of wine a day while pregnant , what's better , a glass of wine or a ciggerette ? Know that complete abstinance from both is best . They are put in the same category because they are both not proven ! Yes I am right NO PROVEN STUDIES because they are not allowed to put a fetus in danger , so how can they study a fetuses relationship to either ? It's based off of some peoples experiences which they don't even know was caused by either one . Just explained why the woman that didn't smoke had a full term

underweight baby of 4lbs 3oz with respritory problems , but the woman who smoked cigs had a 8lb 6oz baby at 38 weeks pregnant . You cannot base everyones experiences on yours . Like I said , they don't even know if thoes problems is caused by ciggererttes ! Now if your child come out with achole syndrome , that's because you drank your glass of wine or beer a day . Which there is no known low amount of achole that wouldn't cause that problem . It's possible for one glass of wine to cause achole syndrome , and that's a perminant defect that IS DEFINATLY caused by achole ! But it's okay to consume wine while pregnant they say ! Why not jump on the mothers who don't eat right because that's more fatal then cigs . So can drinking tap water be ! U never know ! In prenatal vitamines the beta caratine , which is what's in carrots but perfectly safe , is not so safe in the vitamines because it is a supplement , causes birth defects ! Just seems like if your pregnant and something goes wrong and you smoke , that's the first thing iggnorance throws at you . Oh I drink a beer a day , it's safe but smokeing is so wrong and deadly ! Bull cuz there is no STUDIES on drinking beer is safe or that smokeing is deadly !


Ally 5 years ago

I think its odd that there are so many pregnant women on here who smoke or the ones who did smoke had healthy babies. Besides one I just read who did not have a healthy baby and she did everything in the book to save her baby from problems and she did not smoke. It is so hard to quit smoking and ppl who don't smoke don't realize how hard it is.

I know this because I use to be against smoking I didn't smoke for 18yrs of my life until I was 18 now I use to look at everyone disgusted and say comon just put that smoke out its all in your head they would say I tried. I didn't want to hear the excuses but look at me now amost 5months preg and stressing out so much that I have a hard time putting out my cigg am I ashamed yees I am it scares me I don't want to hurt my baby. I smoked with my first baby and the docs were mad I tried stopping even going on the patch my daughter came out perfectly healthy. 7lbs 14lbs just be happy eat your cravings talk to your baby read him or her books pray to god for healthy baby pray everyday just stay strong and atleast try to do it


Ally 5 years ago

I think its odd that there are so many pregnant women on here who smoke or the ones who did smoke had healthy babies. Besides one I just read who did not have a healthy baby and she did everything in the book to save her baby from problems and she did not smoke. It is so hard to quit smoking and ppl who don't smoke don't realize how hard it is.

I know this because I use to be against smoking I didn't smoke for 18yrs of my life until I was 18 now I use to look at everyone disgusted and say comon just put that smoke out its all in your head they would say I tried. I didn't want to hear the excuses but look at me now amost 5months preg and stressing out so much that I have a hard time putting out my cigg am I ashamed yees I am it scares me I don't want to hurt my baby. I smoked with my first baby and the docs were mad I tried stopping even going on the patch my daughter came out perfectly healthy. 7lbs 14lbs just be happy eat your cravings talk to your baby read him or her books pray to god for healthy baby pray everyday just stay strong and atleast try to do it


Chrissy 5 years ago

I can't believe the way this forum has turned. I looked at this website to scare myself into wanting to stop smoking. I was a pack a day and I am 6w1d and plan to smoke my last cig today. I don't want to even risk harming this little angel of mine. I don't think it's fair for people to be so judgemental however. Cigarretes are an addiction. It takes time. It really is about self will. You are the only person that can will you to quit. until you really want to you won't. I know my future son or daughters heart just started beating within the past few days and that's enough for me to make the decision.


jeremy 5 years ago

I think smoking is bad for pregnat women, but isn't every thing. Let me ask you women something. Lets take a pole on how much caffine you all drink and how much you weigh.I think caffine is a big problem but not targeted and obeastey. Wow some of those women are that big and pregnat and don't evenknow it. That is terriable. Those women should be ashamed. Well i could go on and on about things women do every day that is bad for their baby but nobody looks at those things just smoking and drinking. Don't forget about those fitness freeks too. Look at the things they do to keep them selves looking good. Not eating right working out to much not geeting enough sleep. Everyone is a hipocrit. You might not do something that someone else dose but something you do could be worse and you don't even know it........Think about it.... I like lalala's comment


claire and zoe 5 years ago

we eat our own babies !! x


jf 5 years ago

reading all these comments I've heard them all.Im 13 weeks and cut down from 1pk to 2-3 a day and feel quilty everytime. I eat very healthy and I'm at a healthy weight. But the quilt is unbelievable! I hate myself every day. even when i grave a cig and don't have one i beat myself up! I am totally against smoking in general but being addicted is not an easy thing 1. to accept 2. stop... but i agree that just a little encouragment is all we need. not to kick us while we're down(we do that enough on our own). we love our little baby just as much as anyone else. my goal is to stop very very soon.pray for me.


help advise please 5 years ago

I have had my baby a yr ago and completely healthy. but i am still feeling very bad for having maybe 10 smokes (IN TOTAL) through out my pregnancy. i cant shake the feeling of what i have done.

Would you classify me as smoking during pregnancy? also should I worry about this.

I am so upset because i never did with my fist. and i only seemed to cave in when i was at my inlaws who all smoke. but at home I never did. so them few i had was when i was with them. I am so upset because i cant say i never had any. especially when i was good with my first.

please can someone help me with this. I tried to find things to help me.


interesting 5 years ago

I smoke 1/2 a pack a day and still do even while I'm pregnant. I'm 27 weeks and docotor's said I'm very healthy and the baby. I take all kinds of vitamins and eat balanced meals and drink a lot of water. I've smoked with my other two children and both came out just fine. I really think it's your genetics that determines babies outcome on risk factors that's why they have all these tests in the beginning. It's not easy to quit and it's not easy for a non-smoker to understand the addiction, if you do everything else right during your pregnancy your baby should be fine regardless if you smoke or not.


net 5 years ago

I smoked with all three my kids two 8 lb healthy babies one 6 lbs 12 oz on the occount both parents were small babies which people don't take into account. All full term babys as well. They. Have no allergies or health issues as well. But I am five months two weeks pregnant now and trying to go cold turkey. If all else fails I will continue to smoke but try to cut down.and just cause u misscarried don't mean it was because u smoked. I know females who misscarry cause their body just can't support a baby amoung other reasons.


5 weeks along 5 years ago

I have been a smoker for the better part of 5 years now, and I smoke about 5-10 cigarettes a day. I found out that I am five weeks and 5 days along and I told my husband to take all of the cigarettes when he went to work. I sat there and stressed out rather than relaxing because smoking is addictive, and while it does harm the child I find that it is best for me to cut down and then quit completely. My Dr says that it is technically ok to smoke 3 a day but get organic cigarettes! Just because you smoke doesn't mean they have to be carcinogenic cigarettes. Don't be fooled, however. Any thing you smoke will also be smoked by the baby...so while it is healthier to buy organic cigarettes, it is still harmful to your baby as minute as that harm may be. Also, every woman is different. While this forum may help, you must focus on your body and how it feels when you consume anything.

Here is my plan to cut down, maybe it'll help you guys too: 3 a day for 3 days to a week. If you buy 99's you can smoke halves thus making your addicted mind see that you have smoked 6. The next week try 2. Then 1. Then a half for those who just cant let go yet....then its done. Start with a realistic number and actually plan to quit because otherwise you are just cosigning your own bullshit by faking it ya know? Also, be prepared for the best and worse consequences. Just because you cannot see the baby doesn't mean you effect him/her with your every consumption!


scw1 5 years ago

Found out on a wednesday i was 5 weeks pregnant, went to my GP to get help with stopping smoking that very same day, (i smoke about 12 per day) my GP told me to see the nurse, i went to reception to book an appointment to see the nurse and explained my reasons why, to be told,

'you will wait weeks for an appointment for the nurse, go to the pharmacy and they will help you'

Went next door to the pharmacy and told them exactly the same reasons why i wanted to quit smoking to be told,

'you need an appointment, come back on friday'

Went back on the friday to be told,

'actually we cant help you stop smoking because you are pregnant you need to speak to a specialist stop smoking advisor'

So i got a number for these people, rang them straight away, they took my details on the friday morning and told me,

'we might get back to you today but if not it will be monday'

I have managed to cut down to about 4 a day, but seriously 'these' people make such a fuss about pregnant woman stopping smoking but then nobody wants to help!!!!

It is bloody hard just to quit!!!! So its Saturday now and i am hoping to get a phone call on Monday but then how long will i then wait for an actual appointment????

I will be back on to let you know.


Ayan Yusuf 5 years ago

Many people do not realize how bad it is smoking during and after pregnancy, i have found many problems that the child will end up getting after birth, the major one like Asthma.Many people do not realize how bad it is smoking during and after pregnancy, I have found many problems that the child will end up getting after birth, the major one like Asthma. Asthma is growing disease at the end of the 20th century


Ashleigh 5 years ago

I'm 25 weeks pregnant and still smoking. I've always said that if I fall pregnant I would just "quit" but its easier said than done. I asked the midwife for advice about stopping and because I'm really stressed out she said not to worry about it just now. I really want to stop but it is hard. And for those who have said "I miscarried and its because I smoked" erm what? They can tell u why u have had a miscarriage so how do u know? They can't tell a non smoker how they miscarried unless ur further on? Maybe they should start on the web with support groups for smokers rather than make a website for people to have a go at us! I hope everything goes fine with my pregnancy but also wish I could stop altogether.


Shaz 5 years ago

Too right - you people need to get your facts straight - are you a doctor ?? Can you explain Women whom are healthy who do everything by the book yet still experience complications ?? As apose to mothers who have smoked & have perfectly normal babies ??? I do not recommend it by you need to get your facts straight before you criticise people!!!


Jezz 5 years ago

First of all, I am a pregnant therapist with two children ages 8 and 3. To the people who keep saying that cigarette smoke is more addicting than heroin, this is UNTRUE! Cigarettes are the #1 leading drug that kill people but it is not more addicting than heroin. Take it from someone with a masters degree in psychology. Secondly, I was a smoking for 16 yrs and as soon as I found out I was pregnant of my son, I quit, then my daughter, I quit again and since then I have not smoked. I am pregnant again, I am 35 and I am determined to make sure that my children are all indeed very healthy. Please do yourselves a favor and put your kids before you!


troubled 5 years ago

I'm pregnant with my 3rd child. I quit smoking cold turkey the day I found out I was pregnant with my first. However after having 2, I started back to smoking casually. Now with my 3rd, I smoke 3-4 a day and have tried to stop...some days I have none. However my fear is not gaining weight even though I topped 200 lbs w/ 1st pregnancy. My fear is that my little ones will bear the testy attitude of a person trying to quit and I really don't want to put them through that since I tried to quit for 2 weeks and saw how quickly I became agitated and angry for things that I normally would not. I even had issues with my husband as a result of my mood. I started back up and all of it went away. Now I wonder which is worse. I ask for forgiveness every day for not being stronger since I was able to before. don't judge people unless you've walked in their shoes. Although the obvious is obvious...its harder to act on.


smart 1 5 years ago

2 bad the babys can't tell us wat it was like hot boxing every day. I think its sad they have no choice & they just have 2 take wat ever is givn'n 2 them. When u r all adaults & have a choice. Ur so weak & pathetic if u choose anything bad over ur baby. I think cps shouould automaticly get involved & take ur baby from u. Cuz it realy does say a lot about. A person when there sucking on a canser stick with a baby inside. This is 2 all the stupid ass bitches that r weak.


former smoker 5 years ago

I smoked a pack a day and quit two weeks after I found out. It sounds very selfish to say, but it isn't easy to just stop. While I did quit and think everyone should when they are pregnant, its easier to pass judgement when you have never smoked before.


kacie 5 years ago

i smoke. for about 10 years since i was 10. i'm 6 weeks and real quick i went from smoking about a pack and half a day to smoking only 1 pack but i cant get less. i really need cigarettes since im very addicted. i know i should quit for the baby but i don't want to quit for myself. selfish i guess but i'm an addict and i really do still like to smoke


J Mom 5 years ago

I think its a form of child abuse !


Madison 5 years ago

Basically, I feel like crap smoking! I'm 7wks/2days today. I have fooled everyone into believing that I have quit smoking but I'm still smoking 2-3 cigs a day. I don't know what else to say... I'm really disappointed in myself and I'm hoping that when the pregnancy becomes "more real" (when I start showing and I finally see the baby on an ultrasound) that I'll be able to quit for good. My husband would kill me if he knew I was still smoking...he's never smoked a cigarette in his life. I wish you all good luck in trying to quit...just keep trying...it really is a mind game. I find that taking a really really deep breath when I crave one---helps A LOT!


nicole 5 years ago

i had just turned 18 when i found out i was pregnant with my first child. i found out i was pregnant at 9 weeks and put down my cigs the second i seen the positive line. my son is 9 now and perfectly healthy. i always thought badly of mothers who coulndt quit also. i started smoking again when he was 3 months old and i'm now in a place in my life where i feel okay to have a second child. i'm about 8 weeks and have none for the past 6 that i was pregnant and haven't been able to quit yet. i've cut down from a pack a day to about 6 a day. a lot i still i know but its hard! i thought i would be able to quit as soon as i found out like i did with my first. i went on this site in hopes of tryin to get a little more insight on quiting but all it did was make me feel bad about the way people talk to eachother. prayers and compassion help more than criticism because some of you act like we feel good about ourselves every time we light up!(which we don't) so for all of you who are having a hard time quitting good luck my prayers are with you and i pray i find my way into ur prayers. may all of you (smokers and nonsmokers) have happy and healthy babies:)


Amanda 5 years ago

Im 32 weeks pregnant today...i went from about half a pack a day until at 8 weeks found out i was pregnant. i have tried so hard to quit. its hard when everyone around you smokes. i now smoke MABYE 3-5 on a bad day, somedays maybe 1. my doctor has nothing but good things to say about the growth of my son. if you stop cold turkey with a lot of stress around you then its no better. 3 doctors and my mom (whos a nurse) have told me that stress is even worse for a pregnant woman then cigs. it effects the baby a lot worse. so if a cig will help me catch my breath when im at breaking then im fine with that. yes pregnant or not smoking is bad...but when you chose a cig over weed or alcohol or certain perscriptions your child will not hate you for it. and smoking does not cause miscarrages. and i bet in those studies the doctors did not look at each person and all the other things in them and their past that could have effected the babies low birth weight. or smartness. or any of those things. seriously ask a doctor and do research of your own before you judge. and NO SMOKING IS NOT CHILD ABUSE!!!! so you up there are dumb.


ssss 5 years ago

I am a little over 32 weeks pregnant. i quit before i found out i was pregnant, 2 days before to be exact, and the doctor told me i was only 2-3 weeks pregnant. Being alone in the situation with the dad not wanting to be there and not caring at all put me into a depression. i didn't smoke during the first 4 months, and then i lost my job and started smoking weed, which has no conclusive study showing that it does anything, in fact they say its better than cigs because its a natural herb with no chemicals, but still i believe in some way it could effect the nervous system just as much as smoking cigs could, but it calms my stress...shortly after i started smoking cigs again and having a glass of wine 2-3 times a week...i rarley drink wine now, but i feel and always think i will feel guilty about it all and that leads me to want a cigerette even more...my mom smokes and that alone makes me want one when i see her pack just sitting around...but when it comes down to it i'm living with my parents with no car, no money, no job, no man to support or help me with what i'm going through and to think about all those things brings me to tears... i know i don't sound like the best mother, but being that i was an alcoholic and did drugs and the fact that i've come somewhat far makes me feel a little better...for all those who are judgemental and have no idea what others go through, we all lead different lives and you can't say you know or have delt with because we all go through it differently and you're not only making a ass out of yourself you're also lying to yourself...you should be ashamed at yourself for judging espically if you're bringing god into the matter...


Haha 5 years ago

What upsets me more than these smokers and drinkers are the spelling errors. Yeah, you smoked for the pregnancy and your kid is fine and all of that jazz. Seriously surprises me though because you guys can not spell or use any form of correct grammar. This thing even has spell check. Haha.


??? 5 years ago

i am 39w4d i found out i was pregnant at 6w4d i was a smoker for the first 4 months dealing with the stress of my father having cancer it was hard to quit. i then quit smoking for about 3 months. it was hard but i wanted to do what was best. however i have been dealing with a lot of things in my life that has been making me stress like there is no tomorrow. i then picked smoking back up into my third trimester i do feel guilty but only smoking about 1-7 a day has calmed me down. i worry every day but my baby seems to be very healthy and obviously not going to be early. however i hope and pray everyday that he is healthy. to those women who do smoke you will feel guilty and worried but as for those who are being so harsh towards us you should be trying to encourage us rather than putting us down... i want to quit permantly thoough due to the fact that i will breastfeed and don't want smoking introduced to my child, however it can still be from others around. thank to all those that worry for us it is good to know that there are a handful of caring people out there but don't be so mean about it. so im thanking you but at the same time asking you to tone it down a bit please..


Anonymous bastarda 5 years ago

Go Brandy! These statistics are a bit ridiculous. Behavior issues don't stem from smoking at pregnancy. White trash mothers who don't give their children the proper attention and fail at nurturing, who happen to smoke, will probably have children with behavioral problems. There are so many factors not taken into account. As far as the 30% chance of a higher fetal heart rate, there could also be other factors in play in there as well. Caffeine can temporarily increase fetal heart rate! My mother smoked while I was in the womb and I am a perfectly healthy little lady. Also, I wasn't an idiot when it came to my studies. I repeat, these stats are bullshit!


claimsunknown 5 years ago

If u are or were a current smoker you may understand. Smoking is an illness just as well as drug and alcohol addiction. 1in3 children of a smoker addict etc. Will become one! Sure peer pressure can sometimes play a role but its a medical condition that is sometimes uncntrollable. Like and addict Or alcoholic some may quit on first try and be in recovery fo life. Some may realpse 5.6.7.8.20 times before that will be the last drink drug or even cigarette they will ever pic up! I have a lot of experience with addiction and alcoholism in my family. Smoking go hand in hand! U can't just assume its so easy to change. Growing up I learned smoking and drinking were ways to sooteh anxiety...my dad. Mine wasn't peer pressure it was just mind altering. I smoke. Never do drugs nor drink! U cannot harp on people who have an addiction even while pregnant. Until you can compltely understand the situation and mental state. Its better you worry about youself. This world isn't aboutworrying about what he or she is doingwith their life! Sit back and worry about your won.


tanners 5 years ago

I had a misscarriage yesterday and came to this site to find out if one cigarette a day could have been the cause. I was a smoker for over 10 years, and with the stress in my life found it very difficult to quit completely. I am shocked at how rude and ignorant some people are!! If you have never been addicted to something how dare you judge someone else? I'm sure that you are not perfect. Anyway, I just wanted to share that this site made me cry and feel like a terrible person rather then providing me with any useful information


Verrettx4 5 years ago

I think it's very harsh and disrespectful the way some of you are coming at these mothers saying they don't care. I've seen not caring. I have a friend who upped her smoking to 2 packs from a pack when she found out she was pregnant, and would straight up tell you she didn't care. She would also go out and down 2-3 margaritas. Those are the people you need to bitch at. I am 26 weeks pregnant with my fourth. I quit with my other children, but this baby came as a big surprise and I was not prepared to deal with the stress. I actually tried to quit when I first found out and had bleeding and cramping within a couple of days. I now smoke 4-5 cigs a day and the baby is doing well. I truly believe that the withdrawal from quitting cold turkey will cause more harm to a baby than cutting back as much as possible. Straight up, if we didn't care, we would go on like we weren't pregnant at all. So please give us a break.


leigha11 5 years ago

well i am seven weeks pregnant and have talked to like everyone about my smoking problem even the doc. and Everyone has their own decision. i am not saying it's not selfesh to smoke while your pregnant but it's an addiction and like every addiction some people handle it differently. I could be doing a lot worse than smoking cigs. So i have cut down and eventually will stop, but for now i know that i need atleast four a day. And no one should judge anyone and in anyway cause it's just disrespectful. No one's perfect important fact to remember!!!


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Ana 5 years ago

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loz  5 years ago

I think a few certain ppl need a good old smack round the head ppl shudnt judge you at what u do


loz  5 years ago

I think a few certain ppl need a good old smack round the head ppl shudnt judge you at what u do


sarah789 5 years ago

well we have a lot of opinionated people on here.i am preg and i smoke i am trying to quit.but it is hard and ur false accusations about what will happen to my baby are aggravating.my husband is an obgyn and he tells me if im going to smoke cut down and eat healthy so the baby gets nutrition.his main concern is the babys weight.many women he delivers smoke and that is the only side affect they have.so please stop scarring people with this crap.and no u don't have the right to judge me, my baby,my body,my choice!


Jenny 5 years ago

I hate that i still smoke... I can't seem to stop no matter how hard i pray and how hard i try; the desire is still 2 little 2 fight the addiction. I am 34 weeks and feel quite stupid lighting a cigarette. I know i should think more of my child then myself and i agree with that statement, yet i have a disconnect when it comes to smoking and the harm it could be doing to my baby. I'm hoping there is someone out there that will be an encourager and not a hater... Is there anyone who can relate and have you figured out a way to quite this nasty habit?


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Donnadon 5 years ago from USA, NY

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toya 5 years ago

Im 5w pregnant,and found out 4 days ago. I smoke cigarettes and a little Mary jane. As of now im only smoking a few cigs or less and very little Mj.I will quit, but its Sooooo hard. With prayer I will be successful!!!


Aida 5 years ago

Am smoker till today,been smoking for de last 14yrs and blieve me smokin is harmfull to us n our babie...when i was pregnate wid ma daughter i use to smoke one pac aday n drink beer!ma doc asked me to reduce smokin n ma hubby dit like de idea of me smokin till date bt dit tk anyone seriously,on ma due day i cudt push as i cudt breath,i tried twice pushin on ma own i cudt so ma doc helped me pull de baby by vacum..she was 3.9,6kgs bt she had yellow fever! Ma baby suffers from breathin till nw shes 11yrs old,thru out de years every month had to b hospitalise till nw n de worst part dit learn i continued smokin after 8yrs got pregnate wid ma bby boy his nw 3yrs old,use to smoke 2pacs aday as i was really stressed,wasn't eating well nor was i sleepin well,ma hubby was hvin an affair wid ma best friend n he use to hit me during ma pregnacy,hiting me its his habbit..on ma due i had lost so much blood was in labour from 6am n was bleedin so much till 1:30 am i pushed bt dey helped wid vacum again,ma boy was 3.6,4kgs he was ok bt both ma kids r sufferin frm breathin,chest problem n throat,dey dnt eat well @all..am a smoker n am selffish for nt thinkin of ma kids n ma health,i love ma kids bt if i do love em i wud hv quit..ma dears smokin is harmful to u n ur family,am nt ok ma self i cant breath as i use to! Please think of ur health dears n i beg u all to pray for me so i quit tried many times bt i end up goin bk bt mayb after ma surgery next week i shall quit for good God willing,i got a lamp need to be operated asap...am only 32yrs old i need to live to raise ma angels..quit smokin aida!


New mommy 5 years ago

so i am going to be a mother soon. and i had difficulties with stopping smoking. I stopped smoking before i found out i was pregnant. but then all the stress from family and my other half really weighed me down. Ater weeks and weeks of pulling my hair out from being angry and depressed all the time and making the decision whether to light the smoke or not. i just finally did it. to deal with my stress i had a ciggy. i felt really bad but it was the only thing that calmed me down. so it wasn't keeping myself occupied to take my mind off having a smoke or it wasn't stuffing my face with food to deal with my stress it was the ciggy. i know its bad but in a way if your like me and nothings helping your stress levels go down and you know you just need that one ciggy to calm you. then have it coz your stress harms the baby aswell(not saying its ok to smoke). but just know all the risks that your taking. because your the one that has to deal with all babys appointments at the hospital because he cant breathe properly or how you have to struggle abit because you have to always have a little extra money for babys enhaler. but mainly just ask yourself are you ready to see your baby suffer? if you can deal with all of those things and you don't have a problem with it then go right ahead smoke all you want. but as for me i smoke when im stressed out with family and my partner. talking to them about it and telling them that i smoke because of them change the way they thought and their actions. and they stopeed stressing me out and just taking consideration that yes i am the prgnant women and even though i may not be right at times they just have to go with it. so to have comfort and support is a major thing. moms with a bad habbit of smoking is just how they deal with problems but if they could talk it out with people that gave them that omph and encouragment surly they know what the right thing to do is. so to all you judgemental people out there - don't hate it just makes it worse. imagine you having some random person telling you how to to run your own life and telling your that your pathetic and all those kinds of things. your the type of person that just needs to get lost. no one wants a person like that around when there stressing out so much. wrong approach. try being caring in a way that will be successful. because prenant women that smoke they just have a problem that can easily be fix. support and encouragment is the way to go.


cc 5 years ago

So all of you ignorant pregnant smokers are saying that it's better for your unborn baby to be exposed to cigarette smoke than stress? Are you kidding me? I was also a smoker but have been wanting to get pregnant and read that it's harder for a smoker than non-smoker to conceive so I quit. It was hard but it's what I needed/wanted to do. If I was planning to get pregnant, I did not want my baby harmed by cigarettes. In any case, I found out just two weeks later that I was already pregnant. Quitting was the hardest thing I ever did. I had the night sweats, nighmartes, irritability, weight gain, mood swings, etc. but now that I look back 25 weeks later, I am so thankful that I loved and cared more about my child's well-being than my own!


fallin 5 years ago

OMG.. I wanted a cig so bad today, I'm so stressed, I'm hatin my life right now... I searched and found this forum.. I'm 11weeks3day preg, I was smoking half a pack a day and quit cold turkey 3 weeks ago, I've been so angry and hating life (could this anger in me coming from nicotine withdrawal) I'm very confuse after reading this blog... I'm so tempted to head out n get a pack, some say the stress of not smoking is worst than smoking itself but I'm also worried about the risk of preg over 35... Lost and feeling confuse..maybe I just needed some one to talk to ...


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Ninabean125 5 years ago

I found it useful to cut my cigs into a 1/4. Eventually I quit all together just a few drags now and then was enough to settle stress food and cig cravings. It's only been 3 days of being 100% smoke free but this method helped me.


Maheep 5 years ago

I read all the comments above and i myself is 25 weeks pregnant i completely stopped smoking for the complete first trimester but now am craving for ciggys as have been smoking from last 12 years, am still controlling myself but it's getting harder n harder, can anyone suggest what shall I be doing?


marhlon 4 years ago

well it is normal for pregnant women to have a certain crave of something, especially food, around the beginning of the second trimester. and with your addiction it will be a lot harder....however try to just ignore the crave each time it comes stronger and try develop a crave for a different food so that you can try to use that to control yourself!! ta...


Lou 4 years ago

I am 25 wks pregnant and ashamed to say I am still smoking. I stopped v easily with my other 2 who were both v healthy big babies BUT are very different health wise. My first has been fit and strong from birth, never ill and my second is always full of cold, sniffles and has recently been put on ventolin due to an irritating chest.

I cannot condone my actions, choosing to smoke (around 5 a day) and just hope and pray that my little one is fine when she arrives. I don't know why I choose to smoke this time when I quit with my other 2, weakness I suppose. I do on the otherhand, have a v healthy diet, don't drink alcohol and excerise. No one can stand up and say they are perfect when carrying a child and regardless of whether people choose to smoke, eat unhealthily, drink alcohol or sit and slob all day, it is a personal choice and a choice that we are entitled to make, without judgement from small minded people that cant see past their own perfect lives. Yes, it is selfish that people may choose to be unhealthy in one way or another, be it when pregnant, or when we are stuffing big macs down our overweight children but we are all guilty of this at some point either in pregnancy or when our children are here. Please do not judge people, we are all here to do the best we can and struggle sometimes but we are only human and as long as we keep trying to be better, theres hope for us all!! Good luck to all you smokers trying to kick the habit, your trying and that's a start!


Lou 4 years ago

Can I also just point out, some of the comments made about being a bad parent, not loving our children etc because we chose to smoke, my children are my life and love them unconditionally and no other human being has the right to judge that fact when they don't know me. I work extremely hard to provide for my children and they are loved, cherished, inspired and encouraged always. How many parents are out there sitting on their backsides letting their children do what they want without a moments stimulation or encouragement, nurturing all sorts of behavioural and social problems for them later in life! Get off your soap box and for one, learn to be a little more literate before you go typing your judgemental rubbish!


fly 4 years ago

My mom smoked 3 packs of cigarette a day when she was pregnant with me. I am very healthy physically and I am good mentally too(an engineering honor student) though I have memory capacity of a fish. I have no concept of time (i.e when I had my last exam, when did I see my bf, when did I eat last), and most of the time I can't remember my short or long term activities, and I do have ADD. Of course, I am grateful that I am healthy otherwise but my mom wasn't a very good mom during my childhood either. I will never do this to my child.


Anon 4 years ago

Thank you for your inciteful information regarding smoking during pregnancy; however you left no indication of what studies you submitted nor any hope of verifying the outcome of such studies. Perhaps a more informative approach may prove more benefical and less frustrating to both the smoker and non-smoker population rather than manipulating and reinforcing a moral and ethical dillemma.


lynette 4 years ago

hi there people. im 9 weeks 5 days and have cut down the smoking A lot have i quit fully no. i learned i was pregnant not that long ago. I'm tryin and frankly people should stop preaching and just focus on their own kids. don't blame something for faults of human nature that's bull. we shouldn't make it seem like smoking is perfectly fine either just watch it and look at ur bump i bet ul smoke a whole lot less :)


boomzy 4 years ago

My mother smoked while she was pregnant with both my brother and I and we were both born premature. I have a lot of other problems that are associated with mothers smoking while pregnant and my mother is still in denial that smoking while pregnant is dangerous. She has asthma and coughs constantly and she thinks that it has nothing to do with her smoking and gets angry at doctors who suggest otherwise. It is amazing to me how deep the pit of denial can go.


PMV 4 years ago

I smoked a pack of ciggs in a week for 7 years but quit cold turkey. I just thought why damage the health of my unborn just cos I am damaging mine. I still get cravings but unlike some smokers I did the less selfish thing and put someone's needs before smokes. If you can quit your week and full of excuses.


kirsty 4 years ago

i smoked for 10 years and was ignorant to the facts about smoking when pregnant and i lost 2 babies both when 9 weeks gone, now i am 27 weeks pregnant with my 3rd pregnancy and low and behold this one is successful, i stopped a week after i found out with this one which was around 4 weeks preg and didn't use any aids and didn't cut down just stopped cold turkey, these women who sit an say they are trying or its hard, well that's no excuse i'm sorry but if you care enough about your little one you will stop being so selfish and think about the innocent life you have created which depends on no one but you or nothing but your nutrition, you can kill yourselves as much as you want but when there is something that precious and fragile inside you then why chance it, and to those who say 'well its never effected my child' that might be so but the fact that u even chanced the health of you child for a quick 5 minute cigg is pathetic and yes i speak from experience don't make the same mistake i did, because at the end of the day its not nice when you sit and think of yourself as a baby killer


fun 4 years ago

good


Kerry 4 years ago

I'm not a smoker and have never been one so I really can't understand how hard it would be to quit. My opinion is in regards to comments from people saying their grandmothers and mothers smoked. The fact is that since then (80years ago), to now it is documented that a lot more chemicals are used today and the tobacco isn't anywhere near as pure as it was. That is the worry that should be stressed. The tobacco companies should be held accountable for this as they've made cigarettes even more additive with their additives. Please give up, if not for your child then for you as your life is just as important as theirs.


Sophia 4 years ago

I am 2.5 months pregnant , i am finding it very very hard to stop smoking i like in turkey where every one is smoking around me ! I have cut down from nearly 2 packets a day to 5-6 .me and my partner tried for 3 years so i didn't think it was even possible , i have only just found out that im pregnant and im finding it very stressfull as i am young and i have no family here , so cigs are really the only things that help , i don't want to hurt my baby . Does any one no if i can use nicotine patches or an inhaller ? And also what do i eat ?


Unknown 4 years ago

I'm 17 and just found out I'm 6 weeks pregnant and I smoke. I'm trying to quit but its so hard. This website just helped me get the strength to throw away a whole carton. Thanks so much. Keep it up.


SaraDD 4 years ago

Hey, I have to confess. I am 23 weeks prego with first, baby girl, and I had not smoked since I found out I was prego until now. I am under a lot of stress but, I will keep this short and say that I am going to stop again and just eat a lot to curve the craving. The cigs were my drama relief but,...I know better and want to be proactive. Slowly I discovered that sad violin music is calming, writing down how i feel, and over eating as a better way to calm down than resort to cigs. So far, I recently had a total of 4 cigs (newports) in the total 23 weeks of pregnancy. Pray for me please, I'm having my first child at 23yrs old and trying to kick the habit for good.


Cameron 4 years ago

I am 17 weeks pregnant, and at 14 weeks I was diagnosed with placenta previa...I researched and the only thing that fell in my category is smoking.. So, due to my placenta complications was from smoking.. I had cut down a lot, but 1 was to many. So today I am 4 days smoke free!!!! I have smoked 11 years, and my mother smoked while i was in the womb.. But I am breaking that chain!!! I quit cold turkey, and it is a lot easier than you really think.. Its mind over matter!!


Liliy 4 years ago

U can stop smoking for the love of you unborn child


Carol 4 years ago

It's all mind over matter. There is absolutely no reason to continue to smoke once you find out you are pregnant.

Those of you getting angry about the criticism, that's your guilty conscience.

Many of us quit cold turkey foe the health of our babies.

Just STOP!!!!! it's that simple.


2012mum 4 years ago

like this website says "not a lot of studies have been done on unborn babies"

my mother has had 4 children and I was the only one she didn't smoke with and I was 7lb11oz my brother and sisters were all in the 9lb so get your facts right people! seriously! do more tests on the unborn babies whose mother smokes and then I will listen to what your saying!!!


Joyful 4 years ago

Hello 2012mum,

I just read your comment and you should be Praising God you were not a statistic. I read and I am "serious", not many other babies have had it that good. The facts are there! It is just like someone lives to be 100 and smoked and drank all their life but they are just one out of "millions" to do so. The other hundred of thousands were not so blessed. Babies are born more and more with ADHD, ADD, heart murmurs and other problems from tobacco. Do you even know what is in cigarettes to make such a statement? Here you go: Among the 250 known harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 69 can cause cancer. These cancer-causing chemicals include the following (1, 4):

Arsenic

Benzene

Beryllium (a toxic metal)

1,3–Butadiene (a hazardous gas)

Cadmium (a toxic metal)

Chromium (a metallic element)

Ethylene oxide

Nickel (a metallic element)

Polonium-210 (a radioactive chemical element)

Vinyl chloride

Other toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke are suspected to cause cancer, including the following (3):

Formaldehyde

Benzo[?]pyrene

Toluene

Does this help? Do you really think that it is okay to be sending your unborn baby formaldehyde,Butadiene, or Polonium-210? If so then you need to get serious. Please do your research before slamming those who are trying to help others. Yes there are those that are harsh on here but I have read and they have done their research or have experienced the effect themselves and are desperate to stop someone from feeling the pain they live with everyday.


chelsea :) 4 years ago

doing a homework thing on pregnancy, and these helped :L thankyou ?


Alexandra 4 years ago

I just quit smoking five days ago it has been the hardest thing ive ever done. I don't have any children but my advice to women that are pregnant to try to quit cold turkey but if you're going crazy then you will put too much stress on you and the baby cut down gradually maybe in six weeks you will have cut the habit altogether. I wouldn't start smoking either once you have the baby because who wants to go through withdrawls ever again!


Amanda 4 years ago

I have just quit a week ago and i am 16 weeks pregnant. I must say i delayed the process because i thought it would add more stress to the baby! LOL the excuses you come up with just to have another smoke! Well i must say i have been smoking for 10 years and this time was the easiest ever! But i don't think my baby liked the smoke very much because i made me sick for the last week every time i had one. try and give up for your child!!


Mampha 4 years ago

I am 20 weeks and am struggling so hard to completely quit. I used to be on a 20 a day habit, when i found out i was pregnant i instantly reduced the amount to 5/6 a day. My dodctor was quite proud of that fact. It is very hard especially when everyone around me smokes also. I would genuinely love to quit completely but am finding it so difficult. I don't think it's very fair people going mental at smokers while thy're pregnant, a lot of people are clearly finding it hard and need encouragement, not abuse.


INSHOCK 4 years ago

Are you people serious? How can you possibly use "addiction" as an excuse to abuse your unborn child? YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE MOTHERS!!! It's mothers like you who we read about in the paper and hear about on the news who molest and beat their children. It's no different. Abuse is abuse. Your children should be taken from you at birth. SHAME ON YOU ALL!


Alexis 4 years ago

For those who want to quit, don't listen to all the condescending and hyped up comments! Smoking is a serious addiction!

I have been a pack a day smoker for about 5 years. I am currently 9 weeks pregnant. When I found out, the thought of quitting was extremely overwhelming. Even the thought of cutting back was overwhelming!

Just know that you CAN do it. I cut back from a pack to 3-4 a day and then one day I just said to myself, "alright enough messing around" and I stopped completely. The first week was brutal. I cried and I had horrible migraines, I was fighting with my boyfriend and I couldn't sleep but after that week was over, I felt SO much better. Sometimes I still get those moments where I'd like to have a cigarette but that voice in my head gets a little quieter everyday.

You are not bad mothers for having a hard time quitting. It's an ADDICTION and it's extremely hard to quit. But you most definitely can do it! And you will feel so much better of you can just make it past the first week. Just hang in there!


IMSHAW 4 years ago

In the UK, There have been GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNINGS ON CIGARETTE PACKETS SINCE 1969! So don't give me your excuses if you smoke and are pregnant. The fact that you are of childbearing age, tells me you made a decision to smoke knowing the risks. You think What the hell? Why should a brat spoil my fun?

You should have stopped before you tried to get pregnant, and in my book 'trying' is having sex without taking proper precautions. [Though I suppose some of you are so thick to think asking the man to withdraw is birth-control!]

I think some women will only take not smoking when pregnant seriously, when there are cases of those who did being SUED BY THEIR CHILDREN.


alicia 4 years ago

I love how self righteous people think they have the right to criticize someone else for their own choices. I quit smoking completely at Five months pregnant and yes it was hard,but i did it for my son. If u have never done anything wrong then please feel free to judge these mothers,but since I'm sure you all have at some time in your life done something wrong then shut up and stop acting like these women owe you an explanation. They need encouragement not judgment. So to all the ladies here who have quit or are trying to quit congrats and good luck, for the self righteous,judgemental,idiots out there shut the fuck up its not your life!!


Jolene 4 years ago

How can i stop smoking im about 6weeks along and struggling to kick the habit, i have been a smoker since i was 15 and its so hard, any advise from anyone will help! please :)


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Khaled 2 years ago

Sadly, SELFISH and IRRESPONSSIBLE mothers don't care.


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Walking in Their Shoes 16 months ago

I was able to quit cold turkey with my first two pregnancies, while my third pregnancy was more of a challenge for me. I was like a lot of these people who automatically figured that women who smoked during their pregnancies where self-centered, uncaring, underserving and even horrible women. Women who simply didn't mind hurting their unborn babies. This is so not true. If it was we wouldn't see all of these sites with women seeking advise and being racked with guilt, trying to find a way to quit this powerful addiction. Sometimes we forget that other people's lives can be filled with stresses we cannot imagine. There are no excuses sure, but sometimes we cannot understand what it is like to be in someone else's shoes until we face those same problems. I am not justifying smoking I am just saying I now know most of these mothers are not the self centered heartless women I once thought. I think it is interesting how many American's don't think twice about a woman who would kill her unborn baby, maybe even suggest it over smoking, but God forbid she struggles with a powerful addiction and has a hard time overcoming. She must be a horrible person. That is the only answer. I think we have something terribly backwards in this country. I am just saying we need to have grace for people. We all have our own short comings and failures. Sometimes what we need is to know it will be hard but not impossible and the fact that these women are even reaching out shows me that they are scared, and desperately want help, especially to put themselves out their knowing how much they will be judged. I give them props for being brave and encourage them to see that all things are possible no matter what struggles they face in their personal lives, they can do all things through Christ Jesus who will strengthen them!!


Misty 13 months ago

What if you didn't know you were pregnant for some months , what then ?

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