Pregnant and Smokin’ (Not in a Good Way)
Are you smoking while pregnant? Unfortunately, I'm not talking about how gorgeous you look with that baby belly. I'm talking about cigarettes.
There are some things I never considered while pregnant. Smoking was one of them. However, that was an easy choice. I wasn't a smoker before I became pregnant. My vice? Coffee. Did I give up my beloved cup of java while preggo? Absolutely not. I did try to cut back a little, but I wasn't going cold turkey and giving it up.
It's with my caffeine addiction that I can kind of understand why it was that recently I saw what looked like a mama-to-be lighting up and smoking a cigarette. As I drove by, I couldn't help but gawk. I wonder if she felt the power of my stare or heard my outburst of "What the…?!" as she put that cigarette up to her mouth. As it was, my windows were up and I was running late. There wasn't time for confrontation and even if there was, would I have stopped and asked about her choice? What would you have done?
Smoking cigarettes while preggo. Would you ever consider it? Recently, I rambled about having a drink or two. Is smoking any different?
The fact is that the impact of smoking while pregnant has been well researched. Need good reason to kick the habit now? Check out these facts from the March of Dimes:
When you smoke during pregnancy, so does your baby. Chemicals like nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar decrease the amount of oxygen that your baby gets which, of course, is vital for healthy growth and development. Smoking may also damage an unborn baby's lungs.
Need more reasons to quit? Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have:
Babies born to smokers are more likely to be born:
- With birth defects
- At low birthweight
- Underweight for the number of weeks of pregnancy
The above is what I wanted to shout out my windows to the pregnant lady who lit up.
I get addiction. I love my coffee. I love my child more.
What about you? Hoping the only smokin' you are doing these days is looking and feeling good while pregnant!