28 Sep Pregnancy and Vaping
As someone who is about to become a mother, you will make it a point to do anything and everything when it comes to protecting your little one. This means that if you are someone who was smoking before you conceived the baby, you might have made the switch to vaping since you have heard that they are harmless. If you are a non smoker who is around people that smoke, you might have been wondering whether the secondhand smoke from vapes and electronic cigarettes will affect your baby in any way. There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered about pregnancy and vaping. Here is a look at what expecting mothers need to know about the matter.
What Are Vapes?
Vapes, e-cigarettes, vape pens – these things come in various shapes and sizes. They are all essentially devices which deliver the nicotine in an aerosol (vapour) form. Conventional cigarettes deliver the nicotine through a process of burning the tobacco and you inhaling the smoke from it. This difference between them is why it is called vaping instead of smoking. The vaping liquid can either be flavoured or unflavoured and it can come in varying levels of nicotine. This is the reason why a lot of people trying to stop smoking believe that vaping allows them to gradually lower the level of nicotine intake until they come to a point where they can give it up completely.
Is Vaping Safer Than Cigarettes
There has always been a lot of debate on the matter. Vaping is relatively a lot newer and while a lot of extensive research has been done about whether or not vaping is safer for the health than traditional cigarettes in general, nobody is willing to willingly put an expecting mother in harm’s way just for the sake of conducting research. Another factor coming into the mix is that there are hundreds of different brands of e-cigarettes which come with their own e-liquids. The US Food and Drug Administration has only recently started to regulate the e-liquids and the ingredients being used in them. There is still a need to determine whether vaping is really harmful and if it is harmful, the extent to which it is also needs more research.
If you are simply comparing tobacco smoking and vaping the facts are obvious. Tobacco smoking delivers a mix of over 1000 chemicals to the body and that is a well known fact based on years of research. Vaping, on the other hand, is definitely delivering fewer toxins and chemicals. This is because the process of vaping involves heating of the liquid and delivering the nicotine through vapours instead of smoke.
Vaping And Pregnancy
Everybody knows for a fact that smoking during your pregnancy is definitely going to affect your baby’s health adversely. That being said, there is no definitive proof to support that vaping during pregnancy is completely harmless for the child you have on the way.
We understand that smoking is not something that you can just give up overnight but when it comes to the health of your baby, it can be crucial. Pregnancy and vaping becomes a matter of choosing the lesser evil for those that are addicted to nicotine.
Yes, if you absolutely must have some nicotine intake due to an addiction to cigarettes, vaping will be a better option than smoking a traditional cigarette. The recommendation would obviously be to stay away from both smoking and vaping during pregnancy.