I recently gave birth to my second daughter via c-section and during the days leading up to her arrival I was very nervous about the effects that my smoking would cause her. Luckily, my smoking during pregnancy did not cause either of my children to have any health problems, but some woman aren’t so lucky. My mother was a smoker, a heavy smoker at that while she was pregnant with me many years ago. I was born premature and was in the hospital for several weeks after my birth with respiratory problems. Throughout my childhood I was in and out of the hospital (usually due to my asthma). My mom was able to quit the habit when I was about 4 years old and thankfully I was able to pretty much grow out of the asthma and respiratory problems I once faced. I would be lying if I didn’t admit how scared I am that my child is going to face the same issues when she is born, so I will continue to try my hardest to cut back and kick the habit for good.
We all know smoking while pregnant can cause premature births, asthma, and other birth defects to our child, but what about once baby is born? Second hand smoke can also cause many of the same problems to infants and children as smoking while pregnant can. I couldn’t imagine the guilt I would feel if my smoking was the cause of health problems to either of my children. I highly recommend that if you are a smoker that you get in the habit of smoking outside as the second hand smoke is very harmful to anyone in the household. It is also a very smart idea that before handling an infant or going around children that you stay outside for a few minutes after have a cigarette so the smell on your clothes from the cigarette isn’t so strong. It is extremely important to use hand sanitizer and/or wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling infants or being around children.
I hope my story can encourage other woman that smoking is not good for anyone, and that it is best for everyone to try to kick the habit.