The Top 3 Vaping Health Risks While Pregnant

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You have probably been given a list of things you should or shouldn’t do while pregnant. If you were smoking before you conceived, you have probably entertained the idea of vaping instead, with the assumption that it is safer, but is it? If you do not smoke but spend time in the company of people who vape, do you sometimes wonder if all that smoke is affecting your unborn child? If you are not convinced of the negative impact of vaping on pregnancies, this guide for pregnant mothers may help clear your doubts.

Vaping Health Risks While Pregnant

Increased Risks of Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancies occur when pregnancy occurs outside the uterus. Instead, the pregnancy grows inside the fallopian tube. After fertilization, the egg is supposed to move and attach itself on the uterine lining. Unfortunately, things do not always happen as expected. Sometimes, the egg remains in the fallopian tube. This is very risky because the fallopian tubes are not designed to stretch to accommodate a growing foetus.

Ectopic pregnancies are not common. However, smoking increases the risk of its occurrence. Although many pregnant women assume they are safe with e-cigarettes, studies show the danger to unborn babies and mothers are still relatively high since e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Since e-cigarettes are not regulated, users cannot ascertain the amount of nicotine present.

High Risk of a Miscarriage

Vaping, just like smoking, increases the risk of a miscarriage. Miscarriages usually occur in the first few months of pregnancy. During this period, the foetus develops quickly, and chances of genetic damage are high when the pregnant mother vapes. Besides affecting the embryo, the smoke affects the uterine wall. It makes it tough for the fertilized egg to implant. Miscarriages occur before the 20th week of pregnancy.

Premature Birth

Full-term pregnancies last between 39 and 40 weeks. Early term pregnancies at 37 weeks. Premature births occur anywhere after the 20th week and before the 37th week. Oxygen is important for the healthy development of a foetus. Unfortunately, vaping and smoking interferes with this. The outcome is an increase in the toxins consumed by the foetus. The result is premature birth which is usually accompanied by low birth weight.

Although e-cigarettes have been portrayed to be safe, many studies are still being carried out to verify their authenticity. Government agencies are not yet controlling the amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes. This is reason enough to stop vaping while pregnant. Every expectant mother hopes to have a healthy baby. However, for this to happen, adequate care is essential. This includes not exposing your unborn baby to harmful habits such as vaping.

Karly Millar

    Karly Millar

    A Doctor of Public Health, Karly Millar has accrued more than ten years of experience, making a name for herself as a researcher, writer, policy analyst, and project manager specializing in public health and international development. She earned her PhD in Community and Behavioural Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, her Master’s Degree in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and her Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Biomedical Sciences (with minours in Biology and Psychology) at the University of Waterloo.

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