Smoking during pregnancy :

Smoking should not be done at all during pregnancy in any form.

  • I will prohibit my husband from smoking.
  • At office or outside the home, I will not expose myself to people who smoke.
  • Baby`s growth can get reduced due to smoking.
  • Each puff of smoke releases thousands of poisonous chemicals and gases which enter through blood and go to the baby.
  • These poisonous chemicals slow down baby’s brain growth and also slow down overall growth of baby.
  • Smoking is also very harmful for me.
  • Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer causing compounds and 400 other toxins.
  • These include :
    • Nicotine
    • Tar
    • Carbon Monoxide
    • as well as other harmful substances.

Nictotine :

  • Among all, nicotine is very addictive.
  • Nicotine is quickly absorbed and reaches the brain.
  • Nicotine causes release of chemicals which give false feeling of pleasure and energy.
  • Within 30 minutes, this false feeling goes and one feels depressed and tired.
  • The number of cigarettes goes on increasing as the body sets up high tolerance levels for nicotine.
  • Craving for nicotine increases when emotional stress increases.
  • Nicotine is known to cross the placenta reaching levels in the amniotic fluid and reaches baby.
  • Nicotine slows down baby’s growth by narrowing blood vessels through which baby gets nutrition.

Carbon Monoxide :

  • Carbon Monoxide has a higher attraction for hemoglobin than oxygen, quickly forming the compound carboxyhemoglobin which is unable to carry oxygen.
  • The formation of this carboxyhemoglobin in red blood cells leads to a potential for decreased oxygen delivery to the baby and baby suffers due to lack of oxygen.

Harmful effects of smoking on baby :

  • Smoking increases infertility [ less chances of conceiving baby ].
  • Smoking leads to harmful substances like nicotine and carbon monoxide reaching the baby which are harmful to the baby.
  • Smoking decreases oxygen supply to the baby and the baby suffers.
  • It leads to decreased growth of the baby and decreased weight of the baby.
  • Smoking can affect brain development of the baby.
  • Smoking increases chances of abortion.

Harmful effects of smoking on me :

  • Smoking increases stress.
  • Smoking causes bronchospasm [constriction of my airways].
  • It increases cough production.
  • It causes persistent cough.
  • Smoking decreases physical performance.
  • Smoking narrows blood vessels.
  • This increases heart rate & increases workload on heart.
  • it increases blood pressure.
  • Smoking causes gastric reflux & acidity.
  • It can cause peptic ulcer [stomach ulcer].
  • Smoking causes mouth diseases.
  • Smoking weakens immunity [ fighting power ]

Benefits of quitting smoking: It is worthwhile quitting smoking at any stage.

How to quit Smoking ?

  • Quitting smoking is a matter of mind over body.
  • Anyone can quit smoking with the help of will power.
  • Decide firmly that at least for the sake of my baby` s health I will quit smoking.
  • Due to Pranayama increased oxygen is made available in the body.
  • Pranayama also gives the mind power to quit smoking.
  • Craving for smoking can be suppressed by following Pranayama.
  • Following things in Garbhakranti Success Path will definitely help to quit smoking :
    • Following Garbhakranti lifestyle.
    • Doing regular Yogasana.
    • Doing regular Pranayama.
    • Doing regular Meditation.
  • Meditation increases will power & brings about physical changes in body which help to quit smoking.

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