Vaping While Pregnant
Vaping While Pregnant – Is it safe or should it be avoided?
Amidst the discussions taking place about E-cigs nowadays lies a very good question that needs to be addressed… is vaping safe for pregnant women? We all know that traditional tobacco-filled cigarettes are a definite ‘no’ for expectant mothers, but is the same true for their electronic counterparts?
E-cigs are safer, cleaner, and less expensive than analog cigarettes. They contain fewer (if any) toxins and are not really linked with any real, measurable side effects… but does this make them alright for mothers who are expecting?
The biggest question here is probably one that centers on nicotine. Since nicotine is really the only key ingredient known to be present in both E-cigs and analog cigarettes, the first order of business is to determine whether or not it is safe for pregnant mothers.
Is Nicotine Safe For Expectant Mothers?
As it turns out, the general consensus seems to be that pregnant mothers should not introduce nicotine into their system, by any means. Smoking analog cigarettes is probably the worst way to get it, mostly because they also contain thousands of other chemicals and give off many toxins in addition to the nicotine itself.
E-cigs are much cleaner, but even nicotine gum is not considered safe for pregnant mothers. Here is what an article published by the Dailymail (article can be found at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2017064/Mothers-nicotine-gum-unborn-babies-risk.html) had to say about nicotine gum and patches in regards to expecting mothers…
“Pregnant women using nicotine patches and gum to help kick their smoking habit are harming their unborn babies, scientists claim.”
According to research, nicotine absorbed by a fetus can actually cause heart problems and high blood pressure later on in life. According to American researchers, nicotine can cause harmful chemicals to form within the blood vessels of infants who are still in the womb. These chemicals can cause permanent damage and lead to the vessels not working properly.
Of course, researchers also say that chewing gum or wearing patches is better than smoking… but even these are not recommended. In the end, it would simply be best if mothers did not intake any nicotine during the pregnancy.
What About Nicotine-Free E-Liquid?
So if nicotine is the primary danger to expectant mothers where E-cigs are concerned, what about nicotine-free e-liquid?
Of course, this would be far better and less dangerous than e-liquid that contains nicotine, but can it really be called ‘safe’? Some say yes, but it might be a good idea to take a closer look, just to make sure.
One problem, according to an article published by babycentrie.co.uk (article can be found here http://www.babycentre.co.uk/x25008139/is-it-safe-to-use-e-cigarettes-while-im-pregnant), is that you may be inhaling a very small amount of nicotine even if you choose to vape a nicotine-free solution. According to this article, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency found that ‘some e-cigarettes that were labelled as containing no nicotine had low levels of nicotine.’
Of course, this same article encourages the use of nicotine replacement therapy over E-cigs. This is not surprising, seeing as how E-cigs are not recognized in the UK as a form of NRT. Since they are not regulated like the gum and/or the patches are, then many people say that you cannot trust that you are truly aware of how much nicotine you are actually getting from them… which is why, for pregnant mothers, it seems safer to chew the gum or to use the patches.
On the other hand, there is no way to know for sure if every brand of E-cig is giving you small amounts of nicotine in nicotine-free e-liquid. It seems that this study could have easily zeroed-in on one or two brands that just happened to show trace amounts of the substance in their nicotine-free e-liquid, but the sentiment is understandable… if they are not regulated as a true NRT, then how can you be sure?
In the end, the only safe recourse is to avoid vaping while pregnant. In a broader sense, it is best to avoid the intake of any type of nicotine product if you are pregnant or looking to become pregnant. Of course, analog cigarettes pose a much greater danger than E-cigs, nicotine gum, or patches… but all of these do contain the addictive chemical substance, and are best to avoid if you are expecting.
If you currently smoke and are trying to quit because you have recently found out that you are pregnant, then you might be faced with a tough dilemma. Kicking the habit can be difficult… and E-cigs, gum, or patches could help to ease the transition. For a dilemma like this, it is probably best that you consult your doctor.
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