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New Delhi: Smoking in any form – be it tobacco or marijuana – is NEVER associated with wellbeing. Be it a healthy individual or someone with comorbidities, an older adult, or a pregnant woman – smoking is a strict no-no by all healthcare experts. Mums-to-be, however, is that group of women who must at all costs avoid smoking before, during, and after childbirth to keep the baby safe from serious long-term health complications. Therefore, most mothers decide to quit smoking right before planning or trying to conceive or right after they get pregnant. However, a new study recently revealed that the negative effects of smoking can still linger on and hurt your baby.
Smoking and its impact on pregnancy and the foetus
According to a new study, smokers who quit right when they get pregnant can still harm the baby as the damage may already have happened during the time of conception. The study conducted in Rotterdam, Netherlands, showed that in the womb of women who smoked ten or more cigarettes in a day, babies were almost a day behind. Furthermore, smoking before and after the pregnancy was linked to smaller fetuses at 20 weeks, and smaller babies upon childbirth.
Researchers said the results of this study emphasized the importance of quitting smoking before conception and encouraging women to make the changes in their routine well in time. They said that if possible, women should preferably quit smoking the moment they plan a pregnancy; it is always a good thing to quit even if not pregnant or during any particular trimester.
How does smoking during pregnancy affect health?
Smoking during pregnancy can have a plethora of effects on health – it impacts the embryo’s growth right in the start of the pregnancy and the baby’s birth weight. It may also result in preterm birth or birth defects on the lip and mouth.
Other major health risks involved with smoking during pregnancy include:
- Miscarriage risk
- Risk of stillbirth
- Placenta previa – when the placenta continues to be in the lower part of the uterus
- Cerebral palsy in the baby
- Vision problems in the baby
- Delayed development
- Mental disabilities
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Placental abruption
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.