Do ask for help.
Ask your partner to help out more, perhaps taking on a few extra tasks around the house if you are already feeling more exhausted than usual during your first trimester of pregnancy.
You have a support system – take advantage of it. Ask a friend or family member for help. Take the necessary steps to ensure that you are getting enough sleep for your health and the development of your unborn child. More assistance or fewer tasks will free up more time for you to rest.
The ideal time for smokers to stop is right now. Quitting will improve your health and safeguard the health of your unborn child. Talk with your provider today about ways to quit.
According to the CDC, smoking while pregnant comes with risks. Smokers during pregnancy have a higher risk of miscarriage. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, premature birth, low birth weight, and infant mortality in unborn children.
These babies also are at greater risk for learning disabilities. Smoking is a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) both during and after pregnancy. Additionally, due to a physiologic nicotine addiction, children whose mothers smoked while they were pregnant are more likely to start smoking themselves earlier in life.
What about electronic cigarettes? According to the CDC, even though their aerosol typically contains fewer harmful substances than cigarette smoke, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes aren’t safe to use while pregnant. Nicotine alone poses a health risk to expectant mothers and unborn children. It can also damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs.