Smoking During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is one of the most miraculous, exciting, and scariest times in a woman’s life. It is a time to grow and bond with a child growing inside her, but what some women do not know is that choices she makes while pregnant can affect her unborn baby in negative ways. Teratogens which are “any environmental agent that causes damage during the prenatal period” (Berk 65) are a frightening reality that every new mother needs to be aware of. Teratogens include drinking alcohol, taking prescription and non prescription drugs, radiation, pollution and many other things a woman might ingest or be exposed to while pregnant. One of the most common things woman do while pregnant and do not realize the effects it can have on her unborn child is smoking tobacco. Tobacco smoking while pregnant can have harmful effects on an unborn child in the womb, after birth, and many years later when the child is older. Smoking tobacco has been linked with many of the complications that a normal, healthy woman experiences during pregnancy. If the mother smokes cigarettes while pregnant she greatly increases her chances of a miscarriage. “Smoking during pregnancy-particularly beyond the forth month-is hazardous. It has been linked to some 115,000 miscarriages… a year” (Eisenberg 54). Miscarriage is not the only danger to a developing fetus and the mother. Smoking while pregnant is also linked to major complications during pregnancy such as vaginal bleeding, abnormal placenta implantation, premature placenta detachment, and early delivery (Eisenberg 54). Just knowing of all these dangers that can happen during pregnancy is something every new and expecting mother should be aware of, not only for her own health, but for the health of here baby. When a pregnant woman chooses to smoke throughout her pregnancy she than has to not only be concerned of the complications she and her baby may experience during her three trimesters, but also of the...
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