Second Hand Smoke during Pregnancy


Pregnancy is a termed used for women who are carrying off springs known as embryo inside their wombs. Pregnancy usually is a very special time during which a woman experiences many changes inside her body. This experience might be very painful, but once the baby is born, a mother forgets all her suffering. Every parent wants a healthy and fit child and for this they need the mother to follow all the precautions and medications as instructed by the gynecologist.

There are many harmful bacteria and elements which can cause harm to both the mother and the developing fetus, so the mother should always try to avoid such harmful environments. One injurious thing from which a pregnant woman should stay away from is second hand smoking and tobacco exposure.

It has been found out that if a pregnant woman is exposed to the second hand smoking of her colleagues or family members she might pass on some chemicals to the embryo which is very dangerous. Second hand smoking and tobacco can also cause genetic mutation in cord blood from the mother to the child.

Some researches show that passive as well as active smoking can cause genetic harm to the developing embryo that can easily be detected at birth. Such damage might also leave lifelong effects on the baby like increased cancer chances, complications in birth weight and survival chances. If a mother is smoking while pregnant then it can lead to many complications during the delivery like infant death syndrome, low birth weight, pneumonia and bronchitis.

Smoking, be it active or second hand is never good for any one. In adults active smoking can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, lung and other cancers, strokes and coronary heart disease which can also be fatal sometimes. It has also be proven by the on going studies that woman who for many years have been exposed to second hand smoking or tobacco have a higher risk of giving birth to babies who have been harmed in some or the other way.

Even if you have stopped smoking after you have become pregnant, still you and your baby can develop induced mutation in them. Active Maternal smoking as well as secondary maternal smoking may result in higher rates of genetic mutation that can be very dangerous for the health of the unborn baby.

So, if you want to give birth to healthy and well developed babies always stay away from active as well as passive smoking.

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