What Are the Risks of Smoking During Pregnancy?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.smoking, pregnancy, cigarette, cigarettes, cigars,smoke, nicotine, carbon monoxide, stillbirth, prematurity, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, SIDS06/05/200602/05/201802/05/2018Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD06/14/201629102a61-ba23-4ebf-9222-d8be83297295https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preg-smoking.html/<p><em>I'm&nbsp;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?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Evangeline</em></p> <p>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&nbsp;to her growing baby.</p> <p>If a pregnant woman smokes, it could cause:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/miscarriage.html/">miscarriage</a> or stillbirth</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/">premature birth</a></li> <li>low birth weight</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sids.html/">sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-basics.html/">asthma</a> and other respiratory problems</li> </ul> <p>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!</p>
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