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Quitting smoking is extremely benfeficial for you and your baby.

There are more than 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette aside from a highly addictive substance called nicotine. Although many people know that smoking is an unhealthy habit, they don’t realize that smoking is the leading cause of prematurity for babies and several chronic diseases for adults.

Smoking during pregnancy is dangerous because it can cause many serious problems for both mom and baby. Not only do chemicals harm a developing baby, but when a pregnant woman smokes, her baby is deprived of the oxygen he/she needs to grow properly.

Smokers are also twice as likely to deliver low-birth-weight infants. Other risks include: gestational diabetes, miscarriage, stillbirth, future infertility for mom and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and asthma for the baby.

If you stop smoking during pregnancy, your baby is more likely to be born healthy. If you stay quit after your baby is born, you and your baby are likely to live healthier, longer lives together.

 

 

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