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Say "no" to smoking during pregnancy

Say "no" to smoking during pregnancy

Question:

- September 12, 2006 was the first day of the last menstruation. It ended on September 16, 2006 and I didn't come back. I tested and it came out positive. 3 weeks ago I gave up smoking. I still smoke 2-3 fumes (no more than one cigarette a day), sometimes. Do I hurt the baby? Does it affect him in any way? I mention that I don't drink coffee, I don't drink alcohol.

Answer:


It is very good that you have reduced the consumption of cigarettes to 1 cigarette / day. Depending on the total number of cigarettes smoked, the duration of tobacco intoxication and the health and response of the mother's body, smoking can affect the baby. Therefore, during pregnancy it is recommended to quit smoking or at least reduce the number of cigarettes.
Smoking, through nicotine and carbon monoxide produced, can cause fetal oxygenation disorders (fetal hypoxia). Also, in babies born to smokers or who were constantly exposed to cigarette smoke during pregnancy (passive smoking), a low birth weight and increase in the frequency of preterm birth were frequently found. A child who is born prematurely or with low weight is from the beginning more sensitive, with low immunity, being more prone to illness.
To avoid these discomforts, try to completely quit smoking or at least keep up to 1-2 cigarettes per day and do not neglect regular checkups with your obstetrician. Drinking coffee or alcohol would be additional risks, but not consuming them does not mean that the effects of smoking are diminished.
Dr. Ciprian Pop-Began
- Obstetrics and Gynecology -
Clinical Hospital of Obstetrics-Gynecology Prof. Dr. Panait Sarbu