Smoking or nicotine exposure during pregnancy increases health risks for the baby as well as the mother. Even second hand smoke is extremely dangerous for both and must be avoided as much as possible.

American Lung Association states that smoking during pregnancy is the cause for:

  • 20-30% Low Birth weight babies
  • 14% preterm deliveries
  • 10% of infant deaths

Smoking during pregnancy is also associated with increased risk in exposed children such as:

  • Cold
  • Lung problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical growth

The only solution to the problem is “QUITTING”. Its not easy but not impossible either.  Four D’s for quitting include:

  • Delay
  • Deep breathe
  • Drink water
  • Do something else

Pregnant women require immense emotional support along with physical strength. Providing resources to relieve stresses for a pregnant woman may ease the process of quitting.

Written by drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

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