what happens to your baby if you smoke while your pregnant?
and what happens if you drink alcohol?
not at the same time
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I never drink so I can't answer that.
My Dr. told me not to quit. Quitting causes stress and will harm the
baby. So I cut back to 5-7 a day. The result. 3 pregnancies, 3 big
and healthy babies. Between 8.11 lbs and 7.9 lbs. All because I listened to my Dr. His advice benefited my children.Source(s): Listening to an experienced Dr. with a college degree, instead of listening to non smokers on Yahoo who only have opinions.
- SamanthaLv 51 decade ago
Smoking means less oxygen for you and the baby. Which causes birth defects.
Alcohol (Nobody knows the known amount for this to happen) can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Which results in Birth defects, and growth problems.
Both of which you should not do during pregnancy.Source(s): 34 weeks pregnant with a baby girl
- 1 decade ago
Sometimes nothing happens... I have known several people who smoked all during their pregnancy and nothing has been wrong with their babies at all.
It CAN cause premature birth, low birth weight, respiritory problems, etc.
Drinking alcohol is a totally different story.. usually a fetus born to a mother who drank during pregnancy has ALOT of problems including fetal alcohol syndrome... the leading cause for mental retardation is drinking during pregnancy.
- 1 decade ago
Smoking can cause problems during and after pregnancy, but I've known plenty of moms who smoked through their whole preg and had no problems at all. With me being a risky pregnancy though I decided to quit..
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- 1 decade ago
If your health isn't enough to make you quit smoking, then the health of your baby should be. Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby's health before, during, and after your baby is born. The nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes), carbon monoxide, and numerous other poisons you inhale from a cigarette are carried through your bloodstream and go directly to your baby. Smoking while pregnant will:
Lower the amount of oxygen available to you and your growing baby.
Increase your baby's heart rate.
Increase the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Increase the risk that your baby is born prematurely and/or born with low birth weight.
Increase your baby's risk of developing respiratory (lung) problems.
The more cigarettes you smoke per day, the greater your baby's chances of developing these and other health problems. There is no "safe" level of smoking while pregnant.
How Does Secondhand Smoke Affect Pregnancy?
Secondhand smoke (also called passive smoke or environmental tobacco smoke) is the combination of smoke from a burning cigarette and smoke exhaled by a smoker.
The smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette or cigar actually contains more harmful substances (tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine, and others) than the smoke inhaled by the smoker.
If you are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, you increase your and your baby's risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, allergies, asthma, and other health problems.
Babies exposed to secondhand smoke may also develop reduced lung capacity and are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
How Can I Quit Smoking Before or During Pregnancy?
There are many smoking cessation programs available to help you quit smoking. Ask your health care provider for more information about these programs.
Here are some tips that may help you kick the habit:
Hide your matches, lighters, and ashtrays.
Designate your home a non-smoking area.
Ask people who smoke not to smoke around you.
Drink fewer caffeinated beverages; caffeine may stimulate your urge to smoke. Also avoid alcohol, as it may also increase your urge to smoke and can be harmful to your baby.
Change your habits connected with smoking. If you smoked while driving or when feeling stressed, try other activities to replace smoking.
Keep mints or gum (preferably sugarless) on hand for those times when you get the urge to smoke.
Stay active to keep your mind off smoking and help relieve tension: take a walk, exercise, read a book, or try a new a hobby.
Look for support from others. Join a support group or smoking cessation program.
Do not go places where many people are smoking such as bars or clubs, and smoking sections of restaurants.
Can I Use a Nicotine Replacement During Pregnancy?
Nicotine gum and patches release nicotine into the bloodstream of the smoker who is trying to quit. Although these products can reduce withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings in smokers who are trying to quit, the safety of these products hasn't been adequately evaluated in pregnant women.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend that nicotine gum and patches be considered in pregnant women only after other non-drug treatments, like counseling, have failed and if the increased likelihood of quitting smoking, with its potential benefits, outweighs the unknown risk of nicotine replacement and potential smoking.
Drinking can cause a ton of problems too.. The list is too long to go on. Talk to your dr.
If you cant stop for yourself do it for your unborn. Or go to rehab if you cant stop drinking for the babys sake.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Smoking while pregnant can lead to low birth weight and congenital heart defects, and there's some speculation as to whether it can cause certain birth defects.
Drinking alcohol while pregnant leads to FAS.
- 1 decade ago
my friend was watching discovery health and she told me that babies of smokers are not affected that its the babies children that are affected so say u smoke while preg ur child wouldnt be affected but ur grandchild would be affected by your smoking while u were preg w/ ur child... makes no sense to me but thats what she said discovery health said
- Mommy_of_2Lv 41 decade ago
Different things, your baby can be born premature, lungs not developed, brain not developed, many other things, google it.