Vaping While Pregnant
Vaping, the use of an e-cigarette, has become very popular over the past few years. It has even been marketed to women as a safer alternative than cigarettes. Fun flavors are added to make it more appealing. However, it has become a serious health threat.
Nicotine Still Present
E-cigarettes act like a cigarette, and most contain nicotine that comes from a liquid in the vape pen. Some even contain more nicotine than a traditional cigarette. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that can cause damage to the brain, causing problems with memory and attention, and can also cause significant lung damage. The vape cartridges also include chemicals and preservatives that have been linked to eye irritation and lung disease.
Nicotine is Harmful to Pregnancy
Harmful on its own, nicotine is even more dangerous for pregnant women. Inhaling nicotine can increase your chance of an ectopic pregnancy (when the fetus develops outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes), miscarriage, premature birth, and SIDS, as well as other birth defects like low birth weight and nicotine withdrawal. Some babies will develop colic, asthma, and could potentially develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) later on.
Vaping Is Not Safe
Don’t be fooled into thinking that vaping is better for you than smoking. Although it may seem as though you inhale little to no nicotine when you use e-cigarettes, it is actually similar to regular cigarettes. It may seem safer and healthier than smoking a traditional cigarette, but it is best to quit vaping if you become pregnant to ensure the safety of yourself and the fetus.
Resources to Help Quit Vaping
If you are looking to quit vaping or smoking, listed below are some helpful resources to help get you started.
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