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If you smoke, this is one of the first steps you can take towards having a healthy pregnancy.
Most mums know smoking whilst pregnant isn’t good for them or their baby, but that doesn’t make it easier to quit. We know that it can be difficult to stop smoking especially with everyone giving you different advice, pregnancy is stressful enough. But then, you may not be aware of the harm cigarettes are doing to your baby…
You know that smoking is bad for you, but do you know the real extent of how smoking can be bad for you and your unborn baby?
Your baby depends on you for everything – you supply your baby with food, oxygen and nutrients to enable your baby to grow.
What you put into your body will affect the growth and health of the baby as some of the smoking toxins cross the placenta from your bloodstream directly to the baby’s bloodstream.
The placenta is linked to your baby by the umbilical cord, poisonous smoke toxins travel through the placenta into the umbilical cord to your baby.
Unfortunately your baby is not protected from cigarette smoke whilst in the amniotic sac (bag of fluid made of membranes).