The are many things to look at when discussing the topic should pregnant women vape. The short answer is that a women’s health, and what she does during her pregnancy, has definite effects on the baby’s health, both positive and negative. There is no debate whatsoever that tobacco cigarette smoking is very detrimental to the unborn child.
Vaping is clearly a better health choice for both Mom and baby. But that is not to say it is not harmful. As a doctor friend of mine once said, “Anything other than vitamins and proteins isn’t good for your health”. But if you are going to vape or smoke you should know the risks involved.
Is Vaping Better Than Smoking?
Firstly, it‘s important to understand that the long term effects of vaping are relatively undetermined. Cigarettes, we now know, will kill you and can do horrific damage to a fetus.
Vaping has been shown to be far safer than smoking in a plethora of studies. Tobacco cigarettes contain over 7000 chemicals, many toxic. Cigarettes also contain at least 400 known carcinogens. When you vape eJuice you are inhaling considerably fewer chemicals and no cancer causing ingredients at all.
The eJuice that you vaporize is only comprised of VG and PG liquid with FDA approved food flavourings. Of course, many people also use nicotine. However, it is important to note that nicotine does not cause cancer. That having been said, if you are pregnant it is obviously a better choice to omit nicotine use.
How does Vaping or Smoking Affect My Baby?
Let’s get smoking out of the way first. Smoking has a list of harmful effects too long to list here. Suffice to say, you do not want to smoke while pregnant. If you need to vape you should realize it certainly is not adding any value to your pregnancy. Studies have shown that vapour is not harmful second hand-wise as it dissipates instantly. Inhaling is a bit different.
Although studies have shown that the ingredients in eJuice are relatively safe, the vaporizing process can cause other chemicals to be released. Heating on a high setting can cause formaldehyde to be formed. Again, your baby will not appreciate formaldehyde for breakfast.
The American Medical Association and The American Academy of Pediatrics both conclude that vaping is not a good idea during pregnancy. But the conclusion is definitive, vaping is by far the better choice if you’re going to be doing either while carrying your baby. Cutting down the amount of vaping time is also a great recommendation. The less harmful chemicals you put in your body the better. So, moderate your vaping. And think about that baby.
Should Pregnant Women Vape?
Should pregnant women vape? The answer is no. But assuming you’re going to, here are a few tips to help that unborn child. Don’t vape in the car of close quarters. Secondhand vapour containing nicotine and can affect those around you. Make an agenda. For example. try not vape when right when you wake up. Go as long as you can until firing up the electronic cigarette. Once you see how long you tolerate your morning without vaping make a schedule. Make it small. Limit yourself.
You need to make some sacrifices now for that baby. You don’t want to have to deal with health issues after your baby is born Trust me! And finally, think of that baby. Put a picture of that baby in your pocket and every time you go to grab that Estick just take a look at the photo first. It will condition your mind to wait. And tell yourself it’s only a few months until you can do whatever you want. Good luck and congrats on your new baby.