I'm pregnant with my first child. But I'm worried because I've been a
smoker since college and am afraid I won't be able to quit. How could smoking affect
the pregnancy? – Evangeline
You wouldn't light a cigarette, put it in your baby's mouth, and encourage your
little one to puff away. As ridiculous as that sounds, pregnant women who continue
to smoke are allowing their fetus to smoke too. The smoking mother passes nicotine,
carbon monoxide, and other chemicals to her growing baby.
As hard as quitting can be, it's vital to stop smoking as soon as possible. Talk
to your doctor about options for quitting. Not only will you be keeping your unborn
baby healthier, you'll also be well on your way to being healthier yourself!