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How cigarette smoking while pregnant affects your baby

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Ciggaretes Lower the amount of oxygen available to you and your growing baby.
Increase your baby's heart rate.
Increase the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Increase the risk that your baby is born prematurely and/or born with low birth weight.
Increase your baby's risk of developing respiratory (lung) problems.
Increases risks of birth defects.
Increases risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The more cigarettes you smoke per day, the greater your baby's chances of developing these and other health problems. There is no "safe" level of smoking while pregnant.


It is best to avoid smoking cigarettes during pregnancy. Smoking can contribute to a low birth weight, which isn't good for your baby. Your baby may be born prematurely

Smoking also doubles the risk of a still birth. Often smoking can contribute to babies whose respiratory system is underdeveloped which can lead to breathing problems. It can increase the risk of SIDS. The risk is much higher that your baby will have a heart defect if you smoke during pregnancy.

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How cigarette smoking while pregnant affects your baby
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