Women Who Smoke While Pregnant Should be Jailed

Now you may think that is a harsh statement but after you read this article I’m sure you will change your thinking. First of all for those of you who have kids, towing them around and keeping a close eye on their exposure to dangerous circumstances can be a challenge.  I’m sure you can agree with me that you would not want anything bad to happen to your children and you would die for them if you had to.

Having kids is one of life’s true miracles. I have two kids myself and I could not imagine one of them having a problem, much less one that was caused by my own selfishness.

There have been numeric studies which indicate that smoking while pregnant dramatically increases the risk of health problems to your baby.

Here is a list of problems that can happen as a result of smoking while pregnant.

  • cancer-causing agents in the infants blood which can cause childhood leukemia
  • various adult health problems
  • smoking during adolescence
  • behavioral problems
  • learning and developmental problems
  • attention deficit disorder
  • respiratory disorders during childhood
  • mental retardation
  • sudden infant death syndrome
  • infant death from prenatal disorders
  • problems requiring neonatal intensive care
  • lower or higher than normal infant blood pressure
  • growth retardation/low birth weight
  • brain damage
  • birth or delivery problems
  • spontaneous abortions

What a list. How can anyone in their right mind even consider smoking after reading this?

Smoking while breastfeeding

If you are breastfeeding then you really don’t want to be smoking. Nicotine is a drug that can be passed to the baby in her breast milk. This can cause diarrhea, cramping, colic and nausea for the baby.

If you are going to smoke while breastfeeding then it is highly recommended to abstain from smoking two hours before breastfeeding. However this still doesn’t mean it’s a safe decision. The only safe decision for your baby is to quit smoking period.

So back to my title about putting women who smoke in jail while pregnant. How do you feel now about this? We are much to tolerant of a country which is why things like harming your baby while smoking are not taken serious. If we started putting women in jail who committed this act then surely this horrible act would decrease.

I’m sure I’m going to get comments on this from angry women who say it’s their right to smoke if they want to. Well you can argue with me all you want and I’m not going to change my position. I don’t care if it’s your baby. That doesn’t give you the right to harm it for your own selfish cravings.

More reasons to quit smoking while pregnant

Just a half a pack a day increases the risk of your baby being born with an extra, missing or webbed fingers or toes by nearly 30 percent. This statistic came from the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Smoking also interferes with the oxygen delivery to cells at key moments in the development stages. When this happens the cells are not able to proliferate the way they should and you can have limb deformities.

Out of 7 million births from 2001 to 2002, researchers found almost 5,200 babies born to women who smoked had deformed gingers or toes. Why would you want to risk any of the above just to enjoy your craving? So the new law that should be drafted should be to put women who smoke while pregnant in jail.

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