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Important Reasons to Quit Smoking during Pregnancy

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You know that smoking is bad for your baby, but it can be so very hard to quit. Cigarettes are one of the most addictive things out there and even those with the best intentions can find it hard to let them go. Would it be as hard if you knew you were risking your baby’s life? Probably not. If you are pregnant and finding that you need a bit more motivation before you can kick the habit, consider these important reasons to quit smoking right now:

  • Baby is smoking with you – When you inhale smoke, you are taking in over 4,000 harmful toxins, including lead, arsenic, and carbon monoxide. These toxins enter your blood stream and invade the placenta. Once there, they poison your baby and prevent him from getting the nutrients and oxygen that are necessary for healthy growth.
  • Smoking causes birth complications – When you smoke while pregnant, you are greatly increasing your risks of having a low-birth weight baby, of having a premature baby, or of killing your baby before he has a chance to live. In fact, about 10% of infant deaths are directly related to the mother smoking.
  • You could be causing permanent health issues for your baby – When you smoke while pregnant, you are increasing your baby’s chances of having lung issues, frequent colds, growth problems, and learning disabilities. In addition, new research has shown a direct relation between smoking during pregnancy and babies with asthma.
  • Your baby needs you – You are bringing a new life into the world…a life that will depend on you for a very long time. It is your responsibility as a loving mother to take care of your health so you can be there throughout your baby’s life. After all, doesn’t your little one deserve a healthy, happy mother?

Ok, so there are countless reasons why you should not smoke while pregnant. You can quit now and start back once the baby is here, right? Wrong. Smoking around your baby or his environment after he is born continues to endanger his health and his life. After all, would you let your baby light up and smoke with you? When you smoke, he inhales the contaminated air and faces the same, or even more, risks from smoking than you do. Now you have all the information you need to kick the habit for good. Quit today for both yourself and your baby.

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