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5 Smoking Facts Pregnant Mothers Should Know

Updated on August 27, 2007

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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      Misty 2 years ago

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

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      Walking in Their Shoes 2 years 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!!

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      jennifer 2 years ago

      I want to thank prophet suleman for helping my wife get pregnant, when we get married, my wife could not give birth and my family people were all saying it has been 11years now we are married no child, that i should get another wife for myself. i was tried and frustrated till i came across pprophet suleman , who i contacted and behold my wife became pregnant. again all my thanks to prophet suleman, the great roots AND herbs man from Africa. If you out there need help to get pregnant, or for your wife to get pregnant, should contact the great man i contacted also prophet suleman of prophetsuleman@gmail.com

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      Khaled 3 years ago

      Sadly, SELFISH and IRRESPONSSIBLE mothers don't care.

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      Mylindaminka 4 years ago

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      When i accustomed to obtain at the top of lifestyle nevertheless these days We have piled up some sort of resistance.

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      Jolene 5 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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      alicia 5 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!!

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      IMSHAW 5 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.

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      Alexis 5 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!

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      INSHOCK 5 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!

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      Mampha 5 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.

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      Amanda 5 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!!

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      Alexandra 5 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!

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      chelsea :) 5 years ago

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

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      Joyful 5 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.

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      2012mum 5 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!!!

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      Carol 5 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.

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      Liliy 5 years ago

      U can stop smoking for the love of you unborn child

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      Cameron 5 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!!

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      SaraDD 5 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.

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      Unknown 5 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.

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      Sophia 5 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 ?

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      Kerry 5 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.

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      fun 5 years ago

      good

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      kirsty 5 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

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      PMV 5 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.

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      boomzy 5 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.

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      lynette 5 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 :)

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      Anon 6 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.

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      fly 6 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.

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      Lou 6 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!

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      Lou 6 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!

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      marhlon 6 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...

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      Maheep 6 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?

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      Ninabean125 6 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.

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      fallin 6 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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      cc 6 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!

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      New mommy 6 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.

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      Aida 6 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!

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      toya 6 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!!!

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      Donnadon 6 years ago from USA, NY

      Yes smoking during pregnancy is really harmful for unborn child. Thanks for this useful post http://www.cigs4girls.com/

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      Jenny 6 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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      sarah789 6 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!

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      loz  6 years ago

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

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      loz  6 years ago

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

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      Ana 6 years ago

      I am 38wemy husb

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      leigha11 6 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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      Verrettx4 6 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.

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      tanners 6 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

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      claimsunknown 6 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.

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      Anonymous bastarda 6 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!

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      ??? 6 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..

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      Haha 6 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.

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      ssss 6 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...

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      Amanda 6 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.

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      nicole 6 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:)

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      Madison 6 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!

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      J Mom 6 years ago

      I think its a form of child abuse !

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      kacie 6 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

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      former smoker 6 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.

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      smart 1 6 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.

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      troubled 6 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.

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      Jezz 6 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!

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      Shaz 6 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!!!

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      Ashleigh 6 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.

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      Ayan Yusuf 6 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

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      scw1 6 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.

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      5 weeks along 6 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!

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      net 6 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.

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      interesting 6 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.

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      help advise please 6 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.

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      jf 6 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.

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      claire and zoe 6 years ago

      we eat our own babies !! x

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      jeremy 6 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

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      Chrissy 6 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.

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      Ally 6 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

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      Ally 6 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

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      Lalala 7 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 !

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      amy 7 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 .....

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      Shonda 7 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.... =(

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      Victoria  7 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.

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      LilMama 7 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!

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      Charmfer 7 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.

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      Chelsea Anne 7 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....

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      Chelsea 7 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.

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      worried 7 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

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      Katelynn 7 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.

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      Nikki 5 weeks 7 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

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      beautiam 7 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!

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      Cigs :/ 7 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.

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      Kate  7 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

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      aa 7 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

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      marj 7 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.

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      louise 7 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 :(

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      kaleyf 7 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?