thedaysofforever said: Really? I’ve been told by some medical professionals that it actually does harm the baby but if that’s wrong I’d love to know for sure!
Here is a useful link that you should check out:
Myth:Quitting smoking will be too stressful on my baby.Fact:Continuing to smoke during pregnancy does not provide any benefits to your baby. Quitting smoking does not put extra stress on your baby. Quitting smoking is one of the best things that you can do for your health and your baby’s health during development in the womb and after it is born. By quitting smoking, you will be protecting your infant from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Myth:Smoking fewer cigarettes during pregnancy is good enough.Fact:There is no safe level of smoking. Even a few cigarettes a day means harmful chemicals will reach your baby and damage your health. It is never too late to quit. Quitting at any time during pregnancy is likely to reduce the bad effects of smoking on your baby.
The CINHAL database has plenty of articles on this topic, also. Quitting smoking will provide your baby with more oxygen. Although you may experience withdrawals, the baby does not. Studies show that people underestimate the risks of smoking, especially while pregnant. Some doctors recommend AT LEAST cutting back on the number of cigarettes smoked because it’s less harmful chemicals reaching the baby, but the ideal situation is to quit altogether. In very RARE instances with very heavy smokers, quitting may lead to seizure activity, but again, RARE. It’s the best thing you can do for your baby.