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Is it safe to be around people who smoke when I'm pregnant?

Is it safe to be around people who smoke when I'm pregnant?


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No. It's wise to avoid secondhand tobacco smoke as much as possible, especially when you're pregnant. Even though you're not the one smoking, contaminants can get into your bloodstream when you inhale tobacco smoke. And the more you're around someone who's smoking, the more of these contaminants you can absorb.

Some studies have shown that pregnant women exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke are more likely to give birth to babies who weigh less than the babies of women who aren't exposed to tobacco smoke. And smaller babies have a harder time fighting illness.

It's also a good idea to keep your baby away from tobacco smoke after you deliver because of a variety of possible risks, including childhood asthma.

Learn more: How smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby

Mara Gaudette, M.S., CGC, contributed to this answer. She's a teratogen information specialist with MotherToBaby, a service of the nonprofit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS).


Watch the video: 5 Things Your Gynecologist Wants You To Know: Getting Pregnant (May 2022).


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