Is It Safe To Vape If You're Pregnant?
October 17, 2019
It is well-known that smoking tobacco cigarettes and pregnancy don’t mix.
The nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco cigarette smoke can increase the risk for:
- Premature birth
- Birth defects
- Low birth weight
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Pregnancy loss or miscarriage
Is Vaping a Good Substitute?
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.
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