Smoking while pregnant puts the unborn child at risk and many women know this. But many may not know the full extent of the risk. There is a long list of possible consequences for a child whose mother smokes while pregnant. Not only that but even inhaling second hand smoke will have negative effects on a fetus. It becomes more about protecting your unborn child than just protecting yourself. Even if you don’t have support at home, there are support systems available and many safe methods for quitting. Here are only a few of the possible effects smoking while pregnant can have on your child.
Cigarettes have hundreds of added chemicals which attack all of the systems. The baby’s immune system is compromised, and the effect of that is the general tendency to be sick more often with colds and other infections. The respiratory system also suffers from several complications due to smoking during pregnancy. The child may also have growth problems as a result of smoking as well. One very common problem caused by a mother smoking during pregnancy is low birth weight in their newborn baby. Then, there are additional complications that can arise from low birth weight. It is a proven fact that more than 20 percent of all babies born nationally are born with low birth weight conditions. Smoking during pregnancy is also known to cause preterm labor in some women. There are approximately fourteen percent preterm deliveries caused by smoking, once again. An even worse statistic is the estimation that about ten percent of all infant deaths, including SIDS, is due to the mother smoking while pregnant. The American Lung Association has studied this statistic to its fullest.
Parents naturally want their child to do well in life and to excel in all areas, including academically. Your baby’s brain and mental development can be negatively affected by smoking during pregnancy. This is because smoking causes the baby to receive insufficient amounts of oxygen from the mother. It is difficult to ascertain the precise affects on later years. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to wide range of possible learning problems.
Smoking while pregnant can be potentially fatal for your unborn child. Most of the known effects passed onto your baby are not fatal. However, you will be seriously compromising the health of your baby when you smoke. In conclusion, there are many of the unborn child’s organs and behaviors that will be effected from smoking while pregnant.