Smoking is known for its adverse effects on human health, and, depending on the intensity of smoking, it can lead to heart and lung cancer, along with other diseases. So how would it affect pregnancy?
For you to realize the impact of smoking on your health, you need to understand the components of a cigarette. Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemical components, 43 of which are carcinogenic. Cigarettes include nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and hydrogen cyanide. The impact of these chemicals is extremely harmful to pregnancy, as they will affect blood circulation, which can potentially lead to the following:
- the baby being under normal weight on delivery when compared to nonsmoking mothers’ babies.
- an increased risk to the fetus of being prone to congenital disorders.
- a decreased amount of blood flow for the fetus, leading to potential issues for the baby’s brain.
- the risk of premature birth, or even death of the fetus.
- an increased risk of respiratory problems for the baby.
- an increased risk of cradle death.
- an increased likelihood of a placental displacement, leading to bleeding and premature birth.
- placental disruption, which can cause the death of the baby.
- an increased risk of failure in pregnancy.