#QuitBeforeYouStart

An initiative by Prega News

ABOUT THE INITIATIVE

Smoking can negatively impact the DNA of a child. This can lead to birth defects and developmental issues in the baby. Our initiative aims to spread awareness about the negative impacts of smoking on the unborn child.

Every mother is advised to quit smoking before trying to conceive. It is not only her smoking that impacts the baby. Passive smoking and third-hand smoke is also detrimental to the health and development of the baby.

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day and Father’s Day, we have taken the initiative #QuitBeforeYouStart to spread the awareness about the harmful effects of smoke on the unborn child. At the same time, we urge all fathers to take the pledge to quit smoking long before planning a family, in order to provide a conducive environment for their new-born.

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WHY QUIT?

Research suggests that simply quitting smoking isn’t enough. Second-hand smoking also poses risks to the foetus, such as miscarriage, low birth weight, early birth, etc. This is the reason it is best to avoid smoke and smoking entirely

Research shows how harmful second-hand smoking can be. Here are some of the facts how passive smoking affects the fetus –

  • There are higher chances of miscarriages.
  • It is likely that the new born may have low weight at the time of birth
  • Passive smoking can cause learning & behavioural deficiencies in your child
  • Premature birth may be another result of second-hand smoking
  • Your child may have SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This is a disorder where an infant dies unexpectedly while they are sleeping

Now, it isn’t only second-hand smoking that can affect the fetus. Pregnant women can be exposed to third-hand smoking even without realising it. Third-hand smoke is the residue left behind on clothes, furniture, etc. If a place smells like smoke, then it is a safe bet that there is some smoke residue left behind.

It is likely that toxins can enter your system when you either touch something containing the residue or breathe in some of it. Once this residue enters your system, it will definitely make its way to your unborn child. Studies have shown that even third-hand smoke residue has a negative impact on pre-natal lung development, which can cause respiratory problems later in life.

This is why it is important for you and your partner to quit smoking quite a long time before planning a family. Women should quit entirely anyway, however if the spouse does smoke, it is essential that he smokes outside and does not enter the house wearing the same clothes. It will be beneficial for the baby if the mothers can encourage their partners to wear jackets or sweatshirts while they smoke and leave it behind once they enter indoors.

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PLEDGE COUNTER

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I TAKE THE PLEDGE

that I shall quit smoking before the baby comes. I will provide a conducive environment for my baby to grow.

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TELL US YOUR STORY

Being able to quit smoking is a success story in itself. Share your story with us and help someone looking for help and advice.