Smoking When Pregnant

Michele Zipp

smoking when pregnantI don't want to throw my mom under the bus here, especially after she shared her birth story (of me) with us, but she smoked during her pregnancy. This was common in the early 70s -- remember it was a time when no one wore seat belts, there were no car seats for kids, people even smoked on planes...things were a lot different than they are now. The dangers of these things weren't known. My mom hates that she smoked then knowing now what we know. Don't bash my mom or I will find you. (Kidding! Sort of.)

I never smoked (at least not out of the womb), so I didn't have to worry about quitting when I found out I was pregnant. I did have to quit the sushi and my occasional cocktail, but I do know women who smoked who had a tough time quitting.

I'm sure it isn't easy -- quitting smoking causes headaches and I've heard it's one of the hardest addictions to stop. But mamas quit and that's great news because it's not only bad for baby, but bad for the smoker.

Many women have fessed up to committing a pregnancy sin. Sometimes though, one person's sin is another's guilty pleasure. Not everyone is going to have the same opinion on these things.

What are you thoughts on the subject? If you were a smoker, what tips can you give to others to help quit?

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