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The Very Real Dangers of Cigarettes and Secondhand Smoke

The Very Real Dangers of Cigarettes and Secondhand Smoke

It is incredibly important not to smoke cigarettes or even be exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke during pregnancy. Smoking doubles your chances of giving birth either prematurely or to a low birth-weight baby, and it more than doubles your risk of stillbirth. It is the number one cause of “adverse outcomes” during pregnancy.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, at least 60 of which are known to cause cancer. All of those chemicals wind up in your bloodstream when you smoke cigarettes or inhale cigarette smoke, and are then transferred to your developing baby. Nicotine and carbon dioxide in particular reduce your baby’s oxygen supply, and can lead to heart defects and other facial and limb deformities.

Smoking either during pregnancy or after, or exposing your child to cigarette smoke, can also cause problems later in life like SIDS, respiratory disorders, learning difficulties, and heart disease as an adult. Do not smoke or expose yourself or your child to secondhand smoke.

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This series of information comes from Dr. Dania Rumbak and Baby Doctor. Dr. Dania Rumbak, co-founder of Baby Doctor, is a fully licensed Pediatrician, board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care, and serves as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Children's Hospital. She is also a mohel, and in her nine years of experience has performed more than 2,000 circumcisions. Baby Doctor offers parents pediatric services on demand. We bring the following services right to your home: Pediatric Urgent Care, Lactation, and Circumcision. Learn more at: www.babydoctor.com

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