I found an article that talks about birth defects of babies whose mothers smoked and here is what it said:
The risk was increased by 26 percent for having a baby with missing or deformed limbs, 28 percent for clubfoot, 27 percent for gastrointestinal defects, 33 percent for skull defects, 25 percent for eye defects, and 28 percent for cleft lip/palate.
The greatest increase in risk, 50 percent, was for a condition called gastroschisis, where parts of the stomach or intestines protrude through the skin.
Congratulations to you for quitting as soon as you could. I know it wasnt easy, but in my eyes that shows you are a good mother because you know your child's health comes first.
Have your doctor check you out and closely monitor baby. but since you've quit i bet no permanent damage has been done
h&h 9 months!
I don't think anyone can reassure you that you definitely haven't done any damage - but what is certain is that quitting when you did has greatly reduced the risk... and this is what you need to hang onto.
You are not psychic, you didn't know you were pregnant for the first 8 weeks, but once you found out you did absolutely the right thing and quit as soon as you possibly could.
This is the sign of a good mother, not a crappy one! Be proud of yourself chikkie and keep reminding yourself that you have done everything you could to reduce the risk to your baby
Hi.. before i begin i would just like to say i would not like any rude people telling me what a bad mother i am for smoking at all when pregnant. i am just looking for reassurance and facts.. I didnt know i was pregnant until i was about 8 weeks along and before i found out i smoked about 10-15 cigarettes a day as soon as i found out i started quitting.. and i am now 12 weeks pregnant and pretty confident in myself that i have finally quit.. maybe this is normal but i am so worried that i may have caused some harm to my baby in this time
When I got pregnant with my first baby 12 years ago I didnt even realise until I was about 2 months because I was on the pill! My pregnancy was fine, he was 10lb 15oz when born and is now a healthy and very intelligent strapping 12 year old lad!!
Try not to worry. Well done for quitting as I hate seeing pregnant women smoking. There are so many sacrifices you have to make being aparent, so giving up for 9 months should be easy! I have never started smoking again but evryone is different. Sometimes I still remember the feeling that you get when you have been dying for a smoke and when you have that first puff................. but I will never smoke again. Cany afford to now anyway!!
Congratulations and good luck with your pregnancy xxx
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