Pregnant women still smoking despite risks

Pregnant women still smoking despite risks

Pregnant women are still smoking despite consistent warnings that no amount of cigarettes is safe for pregnancy and post pregnancy.

Pregnant women are still smoking despite consistent warnings that no amount of cigarettes is safe for pregnancy and post pregnancy. The health risks includes low birth weight, a higher incidence of SIDS, and many other birth defects.

The National Center for Health Statistics found that the age at which pregnant women were most likely to smoke was between 20 and 24. According to the statistics, 20.6 percent of women still smoked in the first or second trimesters but quit by the third trimester.

Women who continued to puff cigarettes smoked fewer as their pregnancy progressed, lighting up nine per day by the third trimester versus 13 per day before pregnancy.

It was noted that women who quit smoking picked up the habit again after their pregnancy was over. Smoking around babies and children of any age is dangerous. Exposure to secondhand smoke can increase a child's risk for a host of problems, from asthma and SIDS to poorer cognitive function and obesity.

How to quit permanently?

Quitting can be really difficult especially for those who have been chain smokers for a large period of their adult life. But it is certainly not impossible to quit. The key to quitting permanently depends on your own mindset.

The most effective motivation to quit is your child. Constantly thinking of your child's health and well being is often enough to kick the habit permanently.

However, if you find it extremely challenging, here's some tips to fight the urge:

  • Try to distract yourself from urge to smoke. Talk to someone, go for a walk, or get busy with a task
  • When you first try to quit, change your routine. Use a different route to work. Drink tea instead of coffee. Eat breakfast in a different place
  • Do something to reduce your stress. Take a hot bath, exercise, or read a book
  • Plan something enjoyable to do every day
  • Drink a lot of water and other fluids
  • Get support and encouragement from your friends and family
  • Be prepared for difficult situations – staying away others who smoke, having frequent bad moods etc

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News Source: CDC

 

Written by

Pavin Kaur