Many people are aware of the dangers of smoking and being exposed to second hand smoke. It's reasonable that the dangers of smoking during pregnancy will affect the unborn baby as well. This topic has been research and there have been studies done. These studies show the connection between smoking during pregnancy and health problems in the babies. Many medical problems have been shown to be caused by smoking during pregnancy. Moreover, even if the pregnant mother does not smoke, yet is exposed to second hand smoke, then the dangers still exist for the baby. The following are examples of the serious consequences of smoking while pregnant.

Along with carbon monoxide and nicotine, when you smoke while pregnant you will be passing along the tar found in cigarettes, too. Yes, even the tar will affect the baby you are carrying. There is a range of lung complications that a baby can develop due to the mother smoking while pregnant. In short, the second hand smoke, inside the womb, will damage the baby's lungs. The possibility of complication is high. You probably didn't realize that all of those chemicals in your baby's blood stream from your smoking can cause the oxygen to be displaced or bound in some reactions. This oxygen is not only necessary for life it helps the baby develop correctly.

Each year a certain percentage of pregnancies result in ectopic pregnancies. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants itself in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. There can be all kinds of serious complications from ectopic pregnancies. Ectopic pregnancies are more common in women who smoke. The placenta can be negatively impacted by smoking as well. These are serious risks for both the mother and the fetus.

It's natural for parents to want their child to do well in life and to excel in all areas, including academically. Smoking while pregnant can have negative effects on the baby's brain and it's development. It all has to do with the unborn baby receiving insufficient amounts of oxygen from the mother. The precise effect this will have in later years is difficult to determine. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to wide range of possible learning problems. While the effects of smoking are severe there are no roads around them. It is like the unborn child doesn't even have a chance when the smoke is thrust upon him or her. Your breast milk also leaches nicotine to your baby. If you are smoking and pregnant we are hoping this article has helped you come to a decision to quit. Talking to your doctor can help you find productive ways to quit regardless of how hard you think it's going to be.

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