Week 20 - Smoking

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Hello. This is Dr. Mauldin. You are now 20 weeks pregnant and ½ way to your due date!

This week, let’s talk about smoking. Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that your baby has available to grow. It decreases the blood flow to the uterus and the placenta. So, your baby is more likely to be growth restricted – or weigh much less than it would if you were not smoking. Smoking during pregnancy also increases the risk that your placenta will separate from the uterine wall before your baby is born. Of course, that would be a serious emergency. We also know that these babies are at an increased risk of dying from SIDS.

Making the choice to stop smoking is one of the biggest things that you can do as a patient to actually improve the outcome of your pregnancy.

I hope your doctor or midwife will discuss this with you. If not, bring it up with them!

  • Set a goal for yourself – such has quit smoking within the next 30 days.
  • Figure out what situations trigger your need to smoke and learn to avoid those situations or locations.
  • Have a smoke free area in your home.
  • Ask a friend to quit smoking with you – so you can support each other thru the process.
  • If you are having a particularly hard time, discuss with your physician whether the nicotine patch or medication is appropriate to help you stop smoking.

I hope you are doing well. I’ll talk to you next week.

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