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Thursday, June 13, 2013

6 Reasons Why Pregnant Women Should Avoid Smoking

We know the dangers caused by smoking. Smoking increases the risk of cancer, raises blood pressure, damages kidneys, increases the risk of having a heart attack and increases the risk of cervical cancer in women. But smoking can cause damage to unborn babies as well. Here are at least 6 good reasons why women should avoid smoking during pregnancy.

#1 - Children born to women who smoke have three times the risk of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

#2 - Smoking during pregnancy can lead to abnormal bleeding, detachment of the placenta, early miscarriage and death of the fetus.

#3 - Babies whose mothers are smokers weigh less, an average of 200 grams, or slightly over 7 ounces. This is because smoke interferes with the blood supply that feeds the baby through the placenta. Babies of smoking mothers will likely receive less needed nutrients during pregnancy.

#4 - Babies born to mothers who smoke are more likely to develop respiratory infections and asthma than babies born to non-smoking mothers.

#5 - Exposing unborn babies to second-hand smoke from fathers or others can result in an increased risk for children to develop childhood cancers.

#6 - Babies of mothers who smoke have an increased risk of developing obesity in childhood and adolescence. One recent study of Australian children of mothers who smoked while pregnant showed that their children were 42 percent more likely to be obese by the time they reached their early teens compared to mothers who did not smoke during pregnancy.

Unborn children cannot make their own decision. Do the right thing for yourself and your child by not smoking during pregnancy. Give your child and yourself a chance to be healthy during and after pregnancy.
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