(Closed) Smoking when pregnant

posted 10 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: what is you opinion of people who smoke when pregnant?

    Its ok

    Its wrong

    womans body her choice

    I wouldn't but I don't judge those who do

  • Post # 41
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Being a parent entails putting your child’s needs before your own… so yeah- you need to quit.

    Post # 42
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 1900

    A woman who smokes while pregnant is an unfit and selfish mother.

    Post # 43
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I know two women who smoked while pregnant.  One, the baby was born premature.  I have since lost touch with her, so I don’t know if he has any additional issues.  The other’s son is three or four now, and she is constantly posting on Facebook about him being sick with breathing problems.  Every time she does, I want to comment something to the effect of, “Gee, perhaps you should have given up the cigarettes while you were pregnant, eh?”  

    It’s incredibly selfish and beyond stupid to smoke while pregnant.  It’s beyond stupid to smoke in general, knowing the health risks, but if a person wants to make the decision to smoke, that’s on them.  But smoking while pregnant is essentially forcing the unborn child to smoke, too, and that is NOT okay, IMO.

    Post # 44
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Because I can’t reply to the Page 1 folks over here on Page 2 (including the health professional), here’s an article on light drinking and pregnancy:  http://news.discovery.com/human/alcohol-drinking-pregnant-women.html

    The study, which found no evidence of harm from having a couple drinks a week during pregnancy, was so well done and its findings so conclusive that it ought to become the final word in the field, said Fred Bookstein, an applied statistician who studies fetal alcohol spectrum disorders at both the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of Vienna…There is no detectable risk associated with light or moderate drinking during pregnancy.

    Post # 45
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Everything I’ve ever read indicates that smoking while pregnant can lead to low birth weight and asthma.

    Smokers are also much more likely to develop placenta previa. Which can be life-threatening for both mom and baby!

    Post # 46
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It would be reckless to tell people to start doing something when there are all sorts of reasons why people wouldn’t want to drink and shouldn’t drink alcohol during pregnancy,” she said. “At least the science is showing there isn’t any increased risk of difficulties (with light drinking). That is the most sensible and cautious line.”

    @zagora:  This is straight from your article.

    Post # 47
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Katnisseverdeen:  Absolutely makes sense – it’s similar to what docs say re: adult moderate alcohol consumption, that while there seems to be evidence pointing to its health benefits, you don’t need to feel pressured to start drinking.  It’s a personal choice – the point is that there isn’t any evidence that light-to-moderate poses risks, and we shouldn’t judget a woman who drinks moderately.

    I actually know a woman who kept suffering miscarriages.  She was asked by her doctor if she was doing anything different while pregnant, and she said she had stopped drinking her daily glass of red wine.  Her doctor recommended she NOT give it up, and she was able to deliver a healthy baby!  Again, not for everyone, but just wanted to reiterate that it can be a safe option.

    Post # 48
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My mom smoked throughout both of her pregnancies. I have been sick most of my life and have now been diagnosed with lupus. My brother is mentally disabled. You can’t prove anything 100%, but my blood boils anytime I see a pregnant woman smoke.

    Post # 49
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

     

    @zagora:  With all due respect, this is a lay news articles interpretation – do you have a link to the orginal scientific article?  As someone who teaches a research methodology class, I would never rely on a single article, as they are all subject to biases and limitations – I would look at the whole body of literature.  That’s why I asked if you were able to find any peer-reviewed published guidelines (for instance published by a reputable group like the association of ob/gyn) who reviews all evidence before reaching conclusions.

    Really, may main concern was when you said “There are healthy benefits to drinking in moderation, and guidelines on how to do it safely with baby.”  As far as I know, no such guidelines exist, at least from a reputable source.  It think this statement is very misleading.  If you are able to find any guidelines, feel free to post – I’d be interested in seeing them.

    Post # 50
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @blondy:  I do – I just didn’t know if you have access to Jstor, etc.  Would be happy to send you a few studies if you want to PM me your email address.

    EDIT:  Also, I think it’s important that medical studies be accessible to the general public, in terms that are easy to understand.  I’ve been careful not to say that drinking is healthy for baby.  I personally know of two different, peer-reviewed studies that found that light-to-moderate drinking does not pose a risk for baby (which as you know is different from saying it’s “good” for baby).  It’s a choice a woman has to make — I believe given what we researchers in the US and in Europe know, it’s perfectly valid for her to decide one way or another.

    Post # 51
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @zagora:  I will definitely agree that views toward drinking (at least light-mod drinking) differ in North America vs Europe, and there are conflicting studies for sure.  I will note (not too be too contrarian) that it seems like they only followed kids to age 5 yrs – we know that developmental and behavioural issues, esp if at the milder end, may not become apparent until kids are older and challenged in school. 

    I also agree that articles should be made available in layman’s terms, as long as they are summarized accurately and put in the context of the wider literature.

    I think I’ve totally threadjacked here, sorry…

    Post # 52
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I really wouldn’t mind if smoking was made illegal altogether, Purely for selfish reasons as pretty much my entire family smokes and I don’t look forward to watching them slowly suffer and die from smoking related illnesses. Even after my mom got lung cancer, she’s the only one who managed to quit. If a government prohibiton could make cigarettes unavailable maybe that would help.

    Post # 53
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I quit smoking cold turkey, I think it’s an excuse that you should cut down because of withdraw affecting the zygote. I mean, I think its different if you want to quit after the first trimester but I honestly think that if you want to quit – you can. Some smokers are too invested and can’t even think about a life without it. If you have the mindset that it’s not ok (and who would say it is?!?!) why would you continue to harm your own child? I loved Allen Carr’s ideas regarding quitting. I love being a non smoker…and my DH thinks it’s the second best thing (besides growing our child) I’ve ever done! 

    Post # 54
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I saw a pregnant lady smoking the other day and was completely shocked. I can’t believe people actually do that and have no regard for the life growing inside of them. I think it is W.R.O.N.G

    It doesn’t make sense that you can get in trouble with the law for animal abuse and not taking proper care of a new litter of puppies, but you can’t get in trouble with the law for harming your fetus! a Human!

    Post # 55
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Just wrong. 

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