If you don’t want to quit smoking for yourself, then do it for your unborn child. When you smoke during pregnancy so does your unborn child. When you smoke and you inhale the poisons that travel through the placenta, the lifeline that connects you and your baby, it causes the baby to not get the appropriate supply of oxygen and nutrients that it needs to grow.
Smoking throughout your pregnancy can cause low-birth weight, can cause you to go into early labor, can even cause infant death according to American Lung Association. Not to mention, that it increases your baby’s heart rate and your baby is at risk of developing respiratory problems. Even, being around someone that smokes regularly (secondhand smoke) can increase to both you and your baby the risk of acquiring heart disease, emphysema, allergies, lung cancer, other related health problems.
When you look at the big picture, is it really worth the risk of your baby? You wouldn’t hand your one month old baby a cigarette and say “smoke this.” So, don’t smoke during your pregnancy. It will be hard at first. You will experience withdrawals, but it will be worth for your baby and yourself.
Once, you find out that your expecting ask your doctor for Support Numbers that will help you quit. Talk to your family members asking them to support you in your decision to quit smoking. Make sure you have a strong support system. Pick one person that you can talk to when you experience urges, pick a day and make that the day you throw everything away, ashtrays, left over cigarettes. Keep a journal on how you are feeling, it also helps you keep your hands busy and have gum on hand at all times, this will help.
You can do this. Stay strong and think about the benefits that you and your baby will be experiencing. Good Luck!