In this health-conscious time, a smoking preggo is viewed as an image of bad motherhood. Their doctors don’t agree with it, their neighbors don’t agree with it, and their families don’t agree with it. It’s like the mother is viewed as a potential murderer of her own child.
But why do doctors, health enthusiasts, and concerned citizens fuss so much about pregnant smokers?
First, because it’s bad for the woman’s health. Second, because it’s extremely bad for the baby she’s carrying.
Tobacco smoke (direct and secondhand) carries many toxic chemicals like nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, cyanide, and lead. All of these toxins are absorbed in the mother’s bloodstream and are consequently delivered all throughout her body and to the placenta, the baby’s only source of nourishment. Now, when these chemicals are fed to the baby, they cause a greatly negative impact on baby’s growth and development:
- Low birth weight and size
- Premature birth
- Underdeveloped bodies
- Weak lungs
- Congenital heart defects
- Learning disorders and low IQ
- Behavioral problems
- Increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
- Higher risk for stillbirth and miscarriage
All of the probable effects mentioned above are primarily caused by tobacco smoke’s effect on the mother’s circulatory system. When she smokes, her blood vessels (including those in the baby’s umbilical cord) tighten and become narrow, and carbon monoxide is absorbed and carried by her red blood cells instead of oxygen. It’s like intentionally depleting the baby’s supply of oxygen, the most important nutrient babies need in order to grow and develop properly.
I’ve always imagined that my first baby would be a boy. My partner also wants a baby boy. Hmmm… I wonder if such a mutual desire could actually influence my conception. Would our wishes ever prevail over nature?
Such curiosity made me prowl the internet for quizzes and predictors that could assure me and my partner about our baby’s gender. The process was fun and exciting, and the results made me curious all the more. I couldn’t wait until our 4D ultrasound next month!
I don’t want to stick with the baby boy concept, though. My baby could also probably be a girl. That’s what most of my friends predict! Because they say that when a mother has this “glow,” the baby is more likely a girl. And when a mother doesn’t look so good during her pregnancy, the baby is more likely a boy. However, when I search the internet for those “old wives’ tales,” I always get to read the opposite.
According to the many sources I read, when a mother is glowing and blooming like a “magical pregnancy unicorn,” the baby is more probably a boy. When a mother, on the other hand, loses her glow during pregnancy, the baby is more likely a girl because she’s stealing the mother’s beauty for her to grow beautiful too.
There are also lots of other weird stuffs that couples all over the world are trying just to figure out what their baby’s gender would be. I read some of those stuffs here.
I also saved screenshots of the results of the quizzes I took:
Boy or girl, I know my baby’s going to be perfect no matter the gender! Of that I am very sure! 🙂