May 3, 2019

Vaping During Pregnancy

Vaping During Pregnancy

Pervasive advertising has lead to the assumption among many that e-cigarettes are safer than conventional smoking. Many women who smoke switch to vaping during pregnancy and believing that it is safer than regular cigarettes. A large study in more than 27,000 women from the University of Iowa of whom 1,200 were pregnant reported (Jama Pediatrics) that 4% of pregnant women were vaping. These same researchers also found that the rate of e-cigarette use was higher among pregnant women than women who were not pregnant. Like conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is associated with decreased ovarian reserve, infertility, ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages. Nicotine is also associated with many other complications of pregnancy including preterm labor and delivery, small for gestational age babies with attendant brain and lung damage.

We are here to help you have the most successful pregnancy. Vaping during pregnancy is the same as smoking during pregnancy. If you are trying to conceive or are pregnant, you should quit, no matter how difficult it is. The health benefits are well worth it. If you have questions, please contact us. We are here for you.

For additional blogs on smoking and pregnancy:

Infertility and Early Menopause Linked to Smoking

Stopping Smoking Prior To Attempting To Conceive

 

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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D.

Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility