Q&A: Is the occasional cigarette really harmful during pregnancy?
Is smoking a cigarette once in a while okay while you're pregnant?
It is my opinion that smoking is just as dangerous in pregnancy as using cocaine. Keep in mind that there are over 2,500 chemicals in inhaled cigarette smoke! Even if you know friends who have smoked seemingly complication-free in pregnancy, there are possibly as yet undiscovered problems, like their children not reaching their full intellectual potential, asthma, increased risk for SIDS, and many other concerns.
According to the March of Dimes there are several risks to both you and your developing baby’s health if you smoke while pregnant. Here are just a few:
There are women out there who, even knowing of some of these risks, still choose to smoke. The March of Dimes points out, “at least 10 percent of women in the United States smoke during pregnancy.” You don’t want to be among them. Yet kicking the habit can be difficult. Talk to
your health care provider about medications that he or she might recommend as safe during pregnancy that may
help you quit. Your baby will thank you!