Tobacco or cigarette smoking is an addictive habit which is quite popular among teenagers and young adults these days. Recently it is seen young women are catching up smoking habits more than young men. Because cigarettes have large amount of nicotine (highly addictive drug) to make users hooked up. It affects women more than men – mentally and physically. So there is no surprise that the millions women worldwide are finding it really hard to quit smoking.
There are many reasons behind why a woman starts smoking, mainly to get accepted in a particular group of friends or to fight against depression. Women begin smoking usually as teenagers, generally before high school graduation. And the younger a girl is when she starts, the more heavily she is likely to use tobacco as an adult. Teenage girls are just as likely to smoke as are boys. Whatever may be the reason, tobacco smoking harms the women in the same way as it does to men, but we can add a few more damages to the list for women.
Smoking is life threatening to the overall development of the baby in a pregnant woman.
As an expecting mother you have already established a loving bond with the baby growing inside you. Your motherly instinct has begun and you want to do all you can to protect your unborn bay. Pregnant smoking effects are devastating to your baby. Pregnant woman expect normal babies, she must be extremely careful if she is habitual to smoking. As a mother, your responsibility is to give the best health care and condition to your baby. Needless to say, the first step to do for your baby is to quit smoking.
Harmful Effects of Smoking on Females
First of all let’s take a closer look in how many ways smoking affects a woman, then we cover harmful effects on pregnancy.
- Cancer, the main risk is always there with smoking.
- Smoking women reach natural menopause two years earlier than non-smokers.
- Smoking women using oral contraceptives are ten times more at risk of heart attack and stroke compared to those who are smoking but not taking contraceptives.
- Smoking women are at more risk of developing cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke during the use of estrogens.
- The fertility of smoking women is 72% then that of non-smokers.
- Nicotine restricts blood flow that has a negative effect on sensation and arousal during sex.
- Women who smoke during pregnancy experience preterm delivery, placenta previa, premature rupture of membranes, miscarriage, and neonatal death.
- The more she smokes during pregnancy, lower the birth weight of the infant.
- Cigarette smoking increases the likelihood of sudden infant death syndrome including infant and prenatal deaths.
- Babies born to smoking mothers suffer from learning disorders, attention deficit disorder and disruptive behavior.
- Infants, whose mothers smoked during the time of pregnancy, have the same nicotine levels in their bloodstream as smoking adults and even they go through nicotine withdrawal syndrome during their initial days of life. it is covered extensively in the next part of this article.
- Children born to smoking mothers experience more ear aches, respiratory problems, colds, and illnesses requiring more pediatrician visits compared to children born to nonsmoking mothers.
Now we take a closer look at how smoking is dangerous when pregnant so you understand the effects it has on your baby. There are three main ways smoking affects the fetus during pregnancy. You can quit smoking when pregnant here is why and how.
The Effects of Smoking on Pregnant Woman
Low Birth Weight
Smoking slows fetal growth resulting in low birth weight babies. In a study performed in 2004, 11.9 percent of babies born to smoking mothers suffered from low birth weight. The more a woman smokes the greater the chance she will have a low birth weight baby.
Smoking also increases the risk of pre-term delivery. Premature and low-birthweight babies face a greater risk of serious health problems during the newborn period, chronic lifelong disabilities (such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation and learning problems), and even death.
Smoking can also cause pregnancy complications. Placenta complications such as Placenta previa (low-lying placenta) and Placental abruption (placenta peels away from the uterine wall prior to delivery) have been linked to smoking during pregnancy.
The good news is that these smoking effects can be minimized by quitting smoking when pregnant. The key is to use the correct smoking cessation program to ensure the safety of your unborn baby.
How to Quit Smoking? Surest Way to Stop Smoking
The safest way for pregnant women to quit smoking is using hypnotherapy. Why? Hypnotherapy is completely natural so you do not have to worry about chemicals or medications that can harm the fetus. Hypnotherapy also works very fast and time is of the essence when you are pregnant. You want to quit smoking as quickly as possible.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) based hypnotherapy is the most effective and safest way to quit smoking while pregnant. NLP is an especially powerful form of hypnotherapy that completely removes the cravings to smoke.
The great thing about using NLP techniques to quit smoking during pregnancy is that it is an extremely easy way to quit. You do not have to visit a doctor or therapist to have the cravings to smoke removed. No laying on the couch or being put in a hypnotic trance. With NLP all you have to do is listen to a specially formatted recording. So you can remove pregnant smoking effects right in your own home just by listening to an audio recording.
A quit smoking hypnotherapist knows how to help smokers change their perceptions about what smoking is and what it isn’t. This change of perception combined with suggestions in the form of hypnosis help support a change of mind. Often people who have struggled to quit before find it so easy to quit with hypnotherapy.
Some hypnotherapists focus solely on helping smokers to quit. Many hypnotherapists offer a range of help with other issues that may be connected to the reason for smoking such as stress, anxiety, relationships, alcohol intake, coping skills, low confidence and other old habits provoking to smoke.
This is just a list of diseases, therapy and physical risks that comes with the nicotine pleasure to women? There are many other issues that is associated with smoking habits, ruining relationships and upbringing of children. The decision is entirely yours, whether to quit or live with nicotine and lead an unhealthy, short life.