3mo Pregnant Need Answers Please

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Jo - September 21

I've just found out that I'm approaching 12weeks. I didn't know I was pregnant. I thought that with all the life changes I recently went to, i missed my period because of stress. I'm a smoker. I smoke 6-8cigs. a day. Have I ruined my chances of a healthy baby? I quit today. Please respond. I need help.

 

bb - September 21

people smoke all through pregnancy, and they babies are born healthy. I did not quit smoking untill I was about 15 weeks pregnant, and my doctor has told me that everyting is ok with my baby. You have done the right thing by quitting. Good Luck to you and I hope that everyting goes well for you and your new baby.

 

kellie - September 21

my advice to you the same advice my sister was given when she found out she was 12 weeks preg is to continue to smoke she smoked 1 and a half to 2 packs a day....that is three to 4 times as much as you smoke...if you take that away now you are going to harm your baby more than if you never smoked...she now has a healthy 7 lb baby with no complications at all so i believe what her doc told her to do was the right thing......she cut back severley to almost a pack a day but you are not even smoking that right now so i should see nothing to worry about but i can tell you there are going to be alot of different views on this topic i can see it already Good luck

 

brucen - September 21

If you can quit smoking that is the best course of action. Continuing to smoke can only cause more harm. Greater risk for ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. Greater risk for stillbirth, prematurity, and low-birth weight. (Infant mortality rates in pregnant smokers are increased by 33%. The good news is that women who quit before becoming pregnant or even during the first trimester reduce the risk for a low birth weight baby to that of women who never smoked.) Smoking reduces folate levels, a B vitamin that is important for preventing birth defects. Women who smoke may pa__s genetic mutations that increase cancer risks to their unborn babies. http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/681_1171.asp http://www.drgreene.com/21_663.html http://www.reutershealth.com/wellconnected/doc41.html http://www.birth.com.au/cla__s.asp?cla__s=6513&page=3

 

Kim - September 21

Jo: I know exactly how you feel. I am 18 weeks and a "light" smoker. The earlier you quit the better. I have never been a heavy smoker, but I am finding it very hard to quit. I know I should, and I know all of the complications that go along with smoking during pregnancy. But I also know of a few friends that have smoked heavily all throughout their pregnancies, and all have healthy babies.

 

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