Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of health problems for developing babies, including premature birth, low birth weight, and birth defects of the mouth and lips.
Smoking during and after pregnancy also increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
How does smoking during pregnancy affect the baby?
Smoking during pregnancy affects your health and that of your baby before, during and after your baby is born. Increase your baby’s heart rate. Increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Increase the risk of your baby being born prematurely and/or being born underweight.
What happens if you smoke before finding out you’re pregnant?
Your baby may be born prematurely, have birth defects, or die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Even away from cigarette smoke, you and your baby can have health problems. It’s best to quit smoking before you get pregnant.
Can a smoker have a healthy baby?
You also reduce the risk of many other health problems. and I had a healthy baby, so this baby will be healthy too. Smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of giving birth to a small or premature (born prematurely) baby. Premature babies are more likely to have serious health problems than babies of normal weight.
Why is smoking bad when you are pregnant?
Every time you smoke, the baby smokes effectively because harmful nicotine and other chemicals cross the placenta and enter the fetus. Smoking also reduces blood flow to your baby. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to a much higher risk of: miscarriage, stillbirth or ectopic pregnancy.