According to official statistics, about 100 thousand Ukrainians die every year from health problems that smoking causes. Despite all the social programs and advertisements, residents of Ukraine continue to be held captive by bad habits. How not to regret to say, a sufficiently large percentage of the total number are pregnant women and newly-made mothers. Mom, without even realizing it, does irreparable harm to the baby’s health and literally “stigmatizes” him for the rest of her life.
Implications for baby's health.Experts from all over the world do not get tired of conducting experiments and research, proving the terrible bad habit that kills health and takes lives. Carbon monoxide and nicotine, which is filled with a cigarette, adversely affect the growth of the fetus in the womb. Thus, instead of receiving useful substances and oxygen from the expectant mother, the child literally receives “poison”. Pregnant women who smoke about four cigarettes a day have a high chance of giving birth prematurely.In addition, smoking a half times increases the risk of miscarriage in a pregnant woman. More - more, pregnant smokers often face vaginal bleeding in the first months of pregnancy. Researchers have proven that smoking is not the most favorable age affects the weight of the placenta, reducing it by an average of 52 grams. Babies who are pregnant smokers are born with lower body mass than mothers without a bad habit. In addition, children whose moms smoked during pregnancy suffer from delayed physical and intellectual development. For example, such children begin to later read and count, are characterized by low performance in school compared to their peers, whose mothers did not smoke. In addition, the risk of congenital abnormalities such as cleft lip and cleft palate increases. Smoking moms are more likely to have babies with heart disease and squint.
We asked the experts about the consequences for the health of the child if the mother did not find the strength to break away from the cigarette even during pregnancy:
OpinionAllergist Bachinskaya Elena Yurievna:“In this case, the probability of the child’s death in the first year of life from apnea increases significantly, in other words, from respiratory failure.Also, children whose mothers smoke are much more likely to have various behavioral and mental disorders. Any allergens become much more aggressive when in contact with carbon monoxide, the content of which is significantly higher in large metropolitan areas than in rural areas. ”
“Parental smoking has a huge impact on a child’s immunity. The percentage of frequently ill children is approximately 18–20% for non-smoking parents, and about 60% for smoking families, ”- statesShadrin Oleg Gennadyevich, Ph.D., Professor, Head of the Department of Nutrition and Somatic Diseases of Young Children at the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine.
After the birth of the baby, mothers refuse breastfeeding and transfer it to artificial nutrition. Thus, mothers select the necessary “health” of the baby, because breast milk contains the necessary antibodies that strengthen the immune system and protect against future diseases.
ExcusesWhat are the excuses for their bad habit are pregnant women? The most "popular" excuse is supposedly "anxiety and concern" for the future baby: "I have been smoking for 10 years now, and if I give up now, it will be stress for the body and the baby will be even worse, because I will be nervous and constantly."But remember that in the ideal case, it is necessary to abandon the addiction before planning a pregnancy so that the organism survives the existing “stress” and is fully prepared for the emergence of a new life.
The opinion of a young mother“Smoking and the birth of a new life are incompatible concepts, moreover - polar opposites! I treat pregnant smokers very, very negatively. Yes, and moms who walk with small children like already and not too young and smoke, do not cause me the slightest respect. There are so many negative factors around that affect the child’s health, and if the mother doesn’t think about him and is not ready to get rid of his bad habit for the most precious child in life, then you can only imagine what generations are waiting for us. ” ,- statesyoung mother Natalia Macievskaya (23 years old).