Wanda Steele, RNC
If you smoke, you may know you should quit for your baby's sake. Obstetrical Nurse Wanda Steele tells you why it's best for you and your child, both during and after pregnancy.Your question
I am 10 weeks along and a smoker. I am finding it difficult to quit. How is this affecting my baby and what can I do to help me quit, and will it hurt the baby if I do quit? - Torina, San Diego
The expert answers
The best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is to quit smoking. I am sure it is not easy. Use any of the available methods to help you quit, your caregiver can prescribe one for you.
Nicotine is known the constrict the blood vessels, and, therefore, can lead to a decreased blood and oxygen supply from the placenta to the baby. A lot of smokers have premature labor, premature rupture of membranes and small for gestational age infants.
After the baby is born, you will not want to be smoking around him or her. Secondhand smoke has been shown to increase chances of many diseases and problems, such as asthma, in children.
So do yourself and your baby a favor, and quit as soon as you can. At the very least cut down and continue to decrease until you have stopped. You will be glad you did. Good luck,