PregnantPlate Logo

PregnantPlate

Is it safe to have Tobacco during pregnancy?

// PregnantPlate Short Answer //

Is smoking shisha with tobacco during pregnancy okay?

Tobacco - also known as 

cigarette, smoking, cigar, snuff, e-pen, vaping, hookah
ADVERTISEMENT

Tobacco use has been documented for over 8 millennia now. Tobacco use has been part of social custom as well as a status symbol even. But why is tobacco use during pregnancy such a big NO?

Every parent wants the best possible start for their child. However, Tobacco use in pregnancy can compromise the health and safety of the mother and her baby. The nicotine, carbon monoxide and other numerous poisonous substances inhaled while smoking or consuming tobacco in any other form enters the mother’s lungs and from there it crosses the placenta and enters the bloodstream of the foetus. As a result it can lower the amount of oxygen available to the mother and the baby. It can elevate the baby’s heart rate, increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth or lead to premature delivery or low birth weight in baby. Tobacco use also increases the risk of respiratory disorders in the infant. It also increases the risk of birth defects as well as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Tobacco can interfere with fetal growth, cause facial clefts, increase risk of asthma, colic, bone fractures, ear infections and obesity in the child.

Second hand smoke is equally dangerous for a pregnant woman and her foetus. More than 8 million people die each year due to use of tobacco, out of which 1.2 million people die as result of inhaling second hand smoke.

Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco products in the form of lozenges, strips, and sticks, E-cigarettes like vaping pen, chewable tobacco or snuff and water pipes like hookah and shisha are all equally addictive and pose health risk for a mother and her baby. It is best to stay away from tobacco before, during and after child birth.

https://www.webmd.com/

https://www.who.int/

https://www.fda.gov/

May contain harmful elements like...
Nicotine, Carbon Monoxide, Tar, Arsenic, Lead, etc
ADVERTISEMENT

Pack Your Hospital Bag Like A Pro

It’s almost time! You and your partner can’t wait to meet your baby, hold her in your arms and listen to her cooing sounds. Make your transition from pregnancy to being a new mum as

More ? Read about these...

ADVERTISEMENT
Are these safe during pregnancy?
Ask a OB-GYN
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
In-Depth Articles
oxalate

In Depth – Oxalate

When reading about pregnancy, you may have come across these terms – ‘oxalate’ and ‘oxalic acid’. In many articles and

spina-bifida-feature

In Depth – Spina Bifida

The terms “Spina” and “Bifida” are Latin words that mean spine and split respectively. It is a congenital malformation or

folate

Folate

Folate is also known as Vitamin B9. Like other B vitamins, folate plays an important role in the metabolism of

ADVERTISEMENT

Search

Is it safe to eat during pregnancy? Search in over 600 food items
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Search in posts
Search in pages
food

Try Coffee Chicken Liver Taro Sweet Potato Leaves Alcohol

PregnantPlate
Newsletter

Sign-up for our newsletter. We send well researched and valuable information right to your inbox.