OK, yesterday I saw something that really shocked me. I was driving past one of the hospitals in Jonesboro and saw a group of women smoking. Paused in traffic, I realized one of them was about 7 months pregnant, yes, she was smoking, too! I was pretty flabbergasted. Granted, I'm not a smoker, but I can't imagine putting this baby at risk of low birth weight and coming out with a nicotine addiction as an infant.
Another complication of bringing a child into a smoking home, is the increase in the risk of SIDs. Your child has a greater chance of being a victim of SIDs if one or both parents smoke in the home. With the research that has been done, and the lengths doctors and nurses go to at appointments during your pregnancy to educate you on the ills of smoking, drinking and drug use…why do women still choose to habitually smoke?
Yes, I indulge in a little extra caffeine every once in a while, but not on a daily basis. And there are days when I won't have any coffee or tea, and if you know me you know those are two things I love. I guess after educating myself through reading and research I think all mothers to be do the same. But I know that's not the case. And that saddens me. I just shrugged my shoulders, shook my head drove on…thankful that I have tried so very hard these 9 months to give my baby the healthiest start possible.
Baby It Up a little more carefully, y'all!