(Closed) Pregnancy & Smokers

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

While of course people should refrain from smoking around you, I think it’s more prolonged exposure to second-hand smoke that’s realy dangerous. If you’re staying with someone who smokes in their house, that could be very unpleasant for you, but if you’re just around someone who goes outside to smoke, they’ll smell bad to you but that’s about it. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I find that most people are generally courteous and move away from me if they are going to smoke as they know I’m pregnant. If not then I either move myself away from the smoke as I don’t want my baby breathing second hand smoke. I think it is my responsibility for the air I’m breathing. I’m also not opposed to ask someone to move to the other side of me if the wind is blowing the smoke in my direction.

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My DH smokes but only smokes outside. When was pregnant last year he always if I was outside to would go far far away from me. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If they aren’t moving away from you then they are jerks. If I was you I would just move outside when they are smoking and come back when they are done. If they are nice they will realise and start moving away from you. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It’s your responsibility to remove yourself from situations that you don’t want to be in. If someone is smoking around you then leave. If they’re smoking in the house that you’re staying in then don’t stay there. It’ll probably be an inconvenience but unfortunately you can’t dictate what other people choose to do in their own homes and on their own time.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would have an alternate place to stay, just to be in the safe/comfortable side. Although I smoke once in awhile – I would not dare to smoke in my home, in someone else’s car, or in someone elses home. Do what makes you the most comfortable and makes you feel safe.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with loose_caboose, even though it sucks.

 

FWIW, I’m a smoker and I try my best to move away from non-smokers, pregnant women, elderly and children when I smoke. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Loose_Caboose:  Totally this. Whilst it is common courtesy to move away from non smokers when you are smoking (No, I am not a smoker, by the way), it is a bit much to expect people to change their behaviours in their own environment.

So, pay to stay somewhere else.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I would only be concerned about second hand smoke for such a short period of time if they chain smoke inside their house all day. You could call your nurse hotline or doctor if you are concerned, but I do agree with the PP that if it bothers you that much the onus is on you to change your environment. 

 

Most smokers are still courteous people too! During the brief window I smoked I avoided non-smokers period and I imagine they will do the same esp. once you tell them you’re pregnant. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@apex:  I think you can rest easy about harm from being around a little second-hand smoke. I don’t mean to minimize the dangers of smoking, and of second-hand smoke, but I was born in ’71, when smoking was still pretty misunderstood, and my mother’s doctor told her to keep her cigarettes under 10 a day while she was pregnant with me. She continued to smoke (though seldom directly in front of my older brother or me) until I was in highschool. Damage to me? I was a normal birthweight and an all-around healthy baby. I’m 5’7 and in excellent health – all systems normal. I have a PhD, so no cognitive problems. The only impact to my well-being that the smoking seems to have caused is a predisposition to addiction to nicotine – I was hooked the instant I tried one in college, and when I finally quite 15 years later it was the hardest, most painful thing I ever did. But I seem to have suffered no other ill-effects from my exposure as a child. 

Again, of course avoid smoke in every way possible. But I don’t think you have to worry about the health of your baby if you’re around a little bit. 

 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can you spend as much time outside or out of the house as possible, open the windows if possible if you are inside. As a non smoker, even though not pregnant, I try to keep as far away from smokers as I can. I don’t think you need to tell them you’re expecting, just that smoke is bad for you. They will hopefully understand.

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