Pregnancy and labour are supposed to be natural and normal events. They provide woman with unique opportunity to learn about her body and soul. Woman experiences changes in all aspects of her life as the pregnancy progresses and thus she can experience transformation into intuitive, relaxed and receptive mother. She is given a chance to find out how powerful and competent she is by faciliating to bring a new life to this world.
ByRoa Altaweli, Saudi National, Midwifery Student | Contribution to Saudi Life
Every Puff Harms the Unborn Baby
Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals. Every single cigarette a woman smokes in pregnancy harms the unborn baby. The toxins from smoking restrict the essential oxygen supply to the baby requiring their heart to beat harder every time she smokes.
Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It's never too late to stop smoking!
Risks to the Pregnancy
Smoking during pregnancy carries increased risks of complications. There are strong links to:
Placenta Previa (placenta too close to, or covering the opening of the womb)
Abruptio Placenta (detachment of the placenta from the womb before birth)
Ectopic Pregnancy (the fertilized egg implants outside the womb)1
PROM (Premature Rupture of Membrane-the water breaks before labor)
Prematurity (baby born before it is able to thrive on its own)
Spontaneous Abortion (miscarriage/loss of baby)
Risks to the Unborn Baby
Smoking during pregnancy impairs normal foetal growth and development resulting in an increased incidence of: