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Just found out I was pregnant

So I just found out I was pregnant and my bf is telling me I have to quit smoking right away what does smoking do to a baby in the first trimester?
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Hi!
If you were my patient, I would advise you that smoking during the first trimester increases your risk of miscarriage.  Later in pregnancy smoking increases your risk of pregnancy complications, especially abruption of the placenta and small for gestational age baby.  Your baby will be born addicted to nicotine and will go through withdrawl, if you continue to smoke.
The first trimester of pregnancy is one of the absolute best times to quit smoking.  Often cigarettes are almost intolerable anyway, not to mention that you have an additional and very important little reason to quit.
Listen to your BF this time!
ALSO--nicotine patches or gum are better than cigarettes if you can't get quit altogether.
Good luck!
Dr B
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Smoking is a drug and also it contains many chemicals that causes cancer and many other diseases. Your baby is going through the most important part of development during 1st trimester and smoking can prevent them develop 100%. I have 5 kids. My ex used to smoke heavily, even though I dont, and it had a direct impact on my children. 4 out of 5 of them suffer with asthma, and 1 had an eating disorder from birth that directly was connected to his smoking. We split just after I conceived my 5th child and there had been a vast improvement in their health and my 5th child is perfect health.
There are many issues with smoking, including low birth weight, but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. Go see your doctor and ask about patches or other ways to stop. Put money you spend on cigarettes away as savings and your baby will never need for anything. It will be beneficial for all you and your family to quit. If I knew then what I know now, Id have kicked my ex to touch a long time ago for the health of my kids. Because you cant make it right later. Prevention is better than a cure. Best of luck and congratulations... Wish you all the best  
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it can also cause low birth weight for the baby, premature labour and possible misscarriage spend your money on things for the baby instead :-) congratulations x x
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My sister doc said for her to ease off do there's no withdraw to be done by 14 weeks, but iud all your doc they will know what's best for your situation
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So and I'd call* auto correct is awesome
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My dr actually recommended cutting down on smoking but not to completely quit at once because its a big change.  I'd ask your dr about it. As for it causing miscarriages I've seen nothing about that, I highly doubt a dr would say its okay if it had a possibility of causing miscarriages.
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its okay to smoke, just not a lot, like half a pack a day is alright :) plus when your nausea kicks in (if your not lucky) then you'll smoke less anyway :) i smoked when i was pregnant, and my boyfriend smoked, so second hand smoking aswell, but from smoking i felt nauseated and a bit dizzy, so i smoked only like 10 a day..somedays only like 3 cigarretes...your body tells you what you can and can't have during pregnancy.. but i think smoking like 10-15 a day is alright... i read that there is a 40% chance of having a low weight baby if you smoke like 2 packs a day... and for other stuff like asthma, i'd say kids can get asthma even if the parents don't smoke..same with cancer..you don't need to be a smoker to get cancer.... don't worry, listen to your body, if you don't feel well after smoking, just smoke less, and don't listen to your boyfriend, its impossible to uit completely if theres no wanting to...don't let him stress you, say that he is stressing you out, and thats bad for the baby :)
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*quit completely
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I'm shocked that as much proof as there is about what damage smoking can do to an adult let alone to an unborn child that someone would tell this poor girl that it's okay to smoke ten cigarettes a day, you are ingesting noxious toxic deadly chemicals that are transferred to your baby! You wouldn't blow smoke into your Babys face, so you shouldn't smoke when your pregnant, period.
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I agree, you should really stop smoking completely. Don't be under the assumption that it won't happen to you. Be smart and think of your unborn child.
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The withdrawls are worth it. I smoked durig my first pregnancy ONLY because i was on birth control and was using protection. We had no idea i was pregnant. Sadly, I did miscarry early on. This pregnancy i found out I was pregnant early on and stopped cold turkey. My child is innocent and doesnt deserve anything but the best. Smoking does restrict the blood flow and oxygyn levels to your baby.

My cousin however, smoked throughout her entire pregnancys (2) and both time was sufferung major complications, pre-term labor, the both babies suffered from oxygen deprivation and poor circulation of blood flow to the heart which led to low fetal heartbeat. Both children are now older 5 & 3 and are underweight, have severe asthma and need special treatments daily in the summer and weekly in the winter. They also have circulatory problems that specialists said could have been avoided. Its tragic to watch and to know the person who is supposed to put their children first in life would give them such a poor start. I hope you make an educated decision. Your boyfriend is a good man.
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The withdrawls are worth it. I smoked durig my first pregnancy ONLY because i was on birth control and was using protection. We had no idea i was pregnant. Sadly, I did miscarry early on. This pregnancy i found out I was pregnant early on and stopped cold turkey. My child is innocent and doesnt deserve anything but the best. Smoking does restrict the blood flow and oxygyn levels to your baby.

My cousin however, smoked throughout her entire pregnancys (2) and both time was sufferung major complications, pre-term labor, the both babies suffered from oxygen deprivation and poor circulation of blood flow to the heart which led to low fetal heartbeat. Both children are now older 5 & 3 and are underweight, have severe asthma and need special treatments daily in the summer and weekly in the winter. They also have circulatory problems that specialists said could have been avoided. Its tragic to watch and to know the person who is supposed to put their children first in life would give them such a poor start. I hope you make an educated decision. Your boyfriend is a good man.
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it really depends on how long you were smoking for, and that its hard to quit and it IS bad for your organism to stop smoking comletely, too much of a change, and you are better off talking to a doctor instead of people here, everyone has different opinions, just because i have a different opinion doesn't mean i'm wrong..i would've been wrong if i smoked like 2 packs a day...again i'm saying, i smoked between 1 to 10 ciggarettes a day, and my baby is in perfect health... other health problems that their babies got while smoking with them might just be genetic, or it could happen even if you don't smoke...
so it depends on your health, your medical history and only your opinion... and if the doctors do notice something wrong and actually tell you that you HAVE to quit, then yes listen to your doctor, but ofcourse he'll tell you to quit anyway because they can't say otherwise, they don't have the right to, as in if something goes wrong they are the blame...
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First trimester is most sensitive time. Please quit .now. Whoever said smoking a half pack a day is ok while pregnant is crazy! Im sorry but your baby will suffer from you smoking. I quit cold turkey as soon as I found out. My baby is worth more than a half a pak a day Im sry but thats the truth.
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ismoked with two of my kids and they came out fine but i am on kid #3 and after being in college and taking med classes that really show u how it works yes i quit smoking when i found out i was prego and its been 3 months and the smell of cigrets make me sick wish i would have done the same for my other 2 ....you can do it good luck!
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I was a smoker and didnt find out I was pregant until about 7 weeks. Once I found out all the signs leading up to me quiting were there I was dizzy and felt sick. I would quit straight up, I did. I'm now over 8 weeks and dont miss it one bit
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I am now 14 weeks. I am a smoker and my husband is also. I used to smoke 15-20 a day but my midwife told me cutting down would be better than stopping straight away. When I feel the need to smoke, I have a few drags, sometimes a whole cigarette so in total probably about 2-3 a day. I have recently bought an electronic cigarette which just has nicotine and no other chemicals. I'd say just to be safe, cut down as much as possible and then quit completely.  It's not my babies choice to smoke. It's hard though. No lie. Especially with the hormones buzzing around. Good luck. X
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I also agree. I have 11 children and made the stupid mistake of smoking through my pregnancy. My baby was not only born early but has suffered from breathing issues and asthma, not to mention horrid allergies. All the specialists she has seen all agree it could have been prevented had i quit. Its unbelievable that people are telling you its ok. And to the girl whos doc said its ok to smoke, however little the amount, should find herself a doc with a real degree asap. Good luck.
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There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes and their smoke. This is detrimental to your babys health and development. It is NOT ok to smoke whilst pregnant, especially not 10-15 cigarettes a day.  Low birth weight, cognitive and developmental deficits are caused by smoking mommas, as all the chemicals and toxins you inhale travel through placenta to baby. You never heard the phrase that what you ingest yourself, be it alcohol drugs or cigarettes, your baby ingests them as well.  Don't listen to the poster who tells you you can smoke 10-15, that's insane!! Smoking also increases the likelihood of your baby developing a learning disability or cystic fibrosis. Do your baby a favour and stop now.
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Hi! I'm 27 weeks and i just stopped at week 24, it was really hard but i just felt too guilty. I think as you bond with what's growing inside you you will find that it's allot easier, honestly after like 3 1/2 days i felt fine without one and it gets easier every day, download the app called "cessation nation" you can see the progress your doing by not smoking, that helped allot too cuz your baby is getting the same health benefits, good luck!
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Its not healthy for any one even if ur not preg so no don't smoke. I smoked for6 yrs and quit the moment I found out the baby can't say no so u have to.
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My dr told me today that the vapouriser I use is fine but I should work my nicotine levels down gradually which I was already doing. You can also get nicotine free vape liquid maybe look into one? It's still not great as its still nicotine but its better than actual cigs
I.ve only just found out I'm pregnant but I'll b nicotine free asap :)
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Actually...you are not supposed to quit cold turkey. My dr wouldnt help me until i was in my 2nd trimester because the stress will be worsr on the baby.
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My step mom smoked with me little sister ans she came out a very healthy baby.
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