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2nd hand smoke while pregnant?

I work in a casino and I am pregnant. I hear it is unsafe but hundreds of girls have been pregnant while working in the 2nd hand smoke and their children are all healthy. And I can not quit or switch jobs for sure. Yes I want the best for my baby but I need to make money to afford the baby.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:36 AM on Mar. 26, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • It's actually very unhealthy. Some experts say second hand smoke is just as or more deadly than first hand smoking. The nicotine you ingest while pregnant does go directly to your unborn baby.

    Here are the risk factors :
    An ectopic pregnancy
    Vaginal bleeding
    Placental abruption (placenta peels away, partially or almost completely, from the uterine wall before delivery)
    Placenta previa (a low-lying placenta that covers part or all of the opening of the uterus)
    A stillbirth
    With birth defects such as cleft lip or palate
    At low birthweight
    Underweight for the number of weeks of pregnancy

    Babies born prematurely and at low birthweight are at risk of other serious health problems, including lifelong disabilities (such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation and learning problems), and in some cases, death.

    Are more likely to die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

    Answer by Razelda at 2:44 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Are at greater risk for asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, respiratory symptoms
    May experience slow lung growth

    New research shows that thirdhand smoke is another health hazard. Thirdhand smoke is made up of the toxic gases and particles left behind from cigarette or cigar smoking. These toxic remains, which include lead, arsenic and carbon monoxide, cling to things like clothes, hair, couches and carpets well after the smoke from a cigarette or cigar has cleared the room. That’s why you often can tell a smoker by the smell of cigarettes or cigars that linger on his clothing or in his home or car. Things like cracking the car window down while you smoke or smoking in another room aren’t enough to keep others away from the harm caused by cigarettes or cigars.

    Answer by Razelda at 2:44 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Breathing in these toxins at an early age (babies and young children) may have devastating health problems like asthma and other breathing issues, learning disorders and cancer. It's important that expecting moms and their children do their best to keep away from places where people smoke.

    Answer by Razelda at 2:45 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Hon please dont be around that smoke, very harmful to the fetus. read up on 3rd hand smoke, which is worse than 2nd hand due to the miniscule particles being on your clothing and more easily inhaled. plus after u have baby you will be bringing that h ome to your baby! i know times r tough but if there is a way you can stop working there, what exactly r u asking tho ugh, since u said u cant quit your job?
    i would try. there are quite a few wrk from home customer service places that are legit. i have done liveops, which isnt hiring in california now but pay decent.

    Answer by nperc23 at 2:45 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • The first section is dedicated to secondhand smoke and the possibly health issues that could happen to your baby from secondhand smoke.

    The third section is dedicated to thirdhand smoke. This is from the walls of houses where people smoke, shirts that people have smoked in, etc. It is best to avoid ALL items, homes, areas, etc where people smoke.


    Answer by Razelda at 2:47 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • You're stuck in between a rock and a hard place. I know it's not that much better but they can't work you in the smoke-free section? Good luck to you and baby.

    Answer by prissysayshi at 4:03 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Thats a sticky situation... While you may need the money, your job is also to keep that baby as safe as possible and the smoke is defintely not good for him/her. I would try to get moved to a different area at least until after you have the baby.

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 8:30 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Despite all the scary stuff above, you'll probably be fine. Do try to get moved to a smoke-free area for the rest of your pregnancy, but if you need the money, that, too, is part of providing your child with a safe environment. Unemployed, uninsured, even if not exposed to second-hand smoke would put your child at risk, too.

    Answer by SWasson at 9:35 AM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Just limit your exposure as much as possible. If you can transfer to another part of the casino, (like the kitchen) where smoking is not allowed. Many women have had babies that are healthy while being exposed to second hand smoke just do your best to keep your little one safe...

    Answer by karischub at 3:05 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • Honestly, look at all of the people who actually smoke the entire time they are pregnant, or the amount of pregnant people who live with people who smoke. I am 27 weeks pregnant almost, and the person I live with and his entire family all smoke. Yes, there is always a risk that something may not go completely right, but Im not worried at all, and you shouldnt be too worried either, and its so you can work and provide for your baby so dont work yourself up over it. Smoking and second hand smoke arent good for the baby just the same as it isnt good for you, but in a pregnancy, even the smallest thing can cause a complication. You need to watch what you drink, eat, breath, everything; there really isnt any way to make sure you have an absolutely completely healthy pregnancy, there is and always will be a chance something can go wrong and you may or may not be able to prevent it. Its your work so you can provide for the baby.

    Answer by lizjones at 8:30 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

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