Smoking is a big health risk for a pregnant woman and her baby. The risk of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome is considerably increased. Furthermore, smoking negatively influences fertility.
Baby passive smokes: on one hand, nicotine constricts blood vessels and thus limits the oxygen supply of the placenta and the baby; on the other hand, nicotine has a direct effect on the baby via the placenta. The toxicants also pass into the mother’s milk and reduce its amount and quality.
Both active and passive smoking should be avoided during pregnancy at all costs. Each cigarette increases the negative effects on the unborn child.