Is It Safe To Vape During Pregnancy?
October 17, 2019
- Premature birth
- Birth defects
- Low birth weight
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Pregnancy loss or miscarriage
Some may believe that e-cigarettes, a popular smoking substitute, may be OK for pregnant women to use. In fact, according to a survey of a little more than 300 pregnant women published in Journal of Addiction Medicine, 43 percent thought that smoking an e-cigarette, known as vaping, was less harmful to unborn babies than smoking tobacco cigarettes.
E-cigarettes contain liquid nicotine that gets inhaled as a mist (vapor). When you vape, the nicotine passes through the placenta and into your baby’s bloodstream, just as when you smoke a tobacco cigarette.
Nicotine in any form is toxic to unborn babies and can impair your baby’s brain and lung development. Vaping smoke also may contain some of the other harmful chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes.