Most would agree that smoking during pregnancy is something you just don’t do. So it is shocking to hear that in the U.S. “up to 15% of pregnant women report smoking.” That is over one million pregnant women each year who choose to continue to smoke the duration of their pregnancy. “Abundant research findings indicate that tobacco use during pregnancy is related to adverse, yet preventable, health effects for both the mother and her baby. Such effects include reduced fertility, increased complications during pregnancy, low birth weight, birth defects, and long-term negative impacts on children’s cognitive and behavioral functioning.”
So who is choosing to smoke during their pregnancy? It has been found that this is linked to several factors. For example, “pregnant women who smoke are more likely to be younger ages, non-Hispanic, and not married and of lower socioeconomic status, including lower income and education levels.” This is also more common among pregnant women who lack health insurance and prenatal care.
There is also a link between tobacco use during pregnancy and mental health. As many as “30% of pregnant women experience depression” and “40% of those reported using tobacco”. This is a major concern in public health as “mental issues can have similar negative effects for both of the mother and her baby, including increased complications during pregnancy, low birth weight, birth defects, and long-term negative impacts on children’s cognitive and behavioral functioning.”
I believe that expecting mothers should ensure the best for their baby. That is why I created the ThriveBaby app. It is the simple way of ensuring the best for you and your growing baby. Track and get valuable insights into what’s important to you and also have fun doing it. Learn about you and your baby with the tools you need to take control and begin the path to being a great parent. Set yourself up for success by tracking your goals to focus on what’s important to you and your baby. Lastly, focus only on what matters. ThriveBaby provides everything you need to reach your pregnancy goals without the distractions.
Pregnancy should be something to look forward to. I know from personal experience all of the good, the bad, and the downright gross things that happen, but ThriveBaby definitely has your back. Connect with other expecting moms to ask questions, learn from their experiences, and share how you feel. ThriveBaby was built by parents for new parents, just like you, in mind.
Liu, Diane, Emily, Baker, Stacy, Stephanie, . . . L., J. (2019, May 02). Does Current General Mental Health Status Relate to Current Smoking Status in Pregnant Women? Retrieved from https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jp/2019/7801465/