The Short, Simple Post Is This: Do Not Smoke During Pregnancy Or Around Your Baby. If You Want To Know Why, Keep Reading For Tips And Info From Dr. Jenn Berman's Book, Superbaby.

The short, simple post is this: Do not smoke during pregnancy or around your baby. If you want to know why, keep reading for tips and info from Dr. Jenn Berman's book, Superbaby.
The short, simple post is this: Do not smoke during pregnancy or around your baby. If you want to know why, keep reading. I'm not a huge fan of parenting books. When I need parenting info, I tend to seek out exactly what I need -- topic-specific information, not a general book. Otherwise, I'm not one to sit down and read a parenting book. Superbaby by Dr. Jen Berman is sort of an exception. While I haven't and probably won't read it cover-to-cover, I have kept Superbaby on my nightstand for several months since I received a copy from the publicist specifically for an article I wrote. Much to my surprise, I flip through it every few days. Superbaby focuses on babies and kids through the age of three years old, which is quite relevant to me because I have a two-year-old and a three-year-old (and perhaps there will be another baby in the future...). Also -- and most important to me -- it is straightforward and full of good, important information. One of the topics covered in Superbaby is smoking. I've written here before about why moms shouldn't smoke during pregnancy or smoke around a baby. I droned on and on because it really upsets me when I see someone smoking in a car with a baby or child. I found a a study that suggested that the children of women who smoke during pregnancy have a great chance of becoming criminals! I found it disturbing when I read that a Fertility Flower poll of nearly 7,000 moms found that 28% smoked while pregnant. Basically, I think all of this means that we need to talk about it more. In Superbaby, Dr. Jenn addresses the issue of secondhand and thirdhand smoke. I didn't even know there was such a thing as thirdhand smoke! Dr. Jenn notes the following:
  • 60% of children in the U.S. are exposed to secondhand smoke (according to a Surgeon General report)
  • There are 250 toxic or cancer-causing chemicals in secondhand smoke
  • Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to die of SIDS
  • Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have ear infections, asthma, bronchitis, colds, pneumonia and respiratory problems.
Moreover, Dr. Jenn says that while a poll showed that 95 percent of adults know better than to smoke around their babies (and kids), many adults don't know that thirdhand smoke can hurt their children. What is thirdhand smoke?
Thirdhand smoke is a cocktail containing toxins that linger in carpets, sofas, clothes and other materials for hours -- or even days -- after a cigarette is put out.
Dr. Jenn notes a 2004 study that found that children are still subjected to cigarette smoke even when their parents smoke outside the house. She suggests the following to smokers:
  • Quit! And ask or encourage everyone in your home to quit, too.
  • Do not allow anyone to smoke inside of your home or in your car
  • If you do smoke, change your clothes and take a shower before you are around your baby
If you're looking for help to quit smoking, Dr. Jenn recommends calling 1-800-NO-BUTTS

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