A pregnant mom turns to e-cigarettes
New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/04/2013 -- A mother who has been addicted to smoking for 10 years, found herself in a tough spot when she began pregnant with her second child. Chanel 8 of ABC News in Dallas, reported on mother Carly Gray.
Carly Gay spoke to reporter Shelly Slater and advised, "I have tried to stop since I started smoking, and it is next to impossible.”
The advice given by doctors when a woman becomes pregnant is to stop drinking and/or smoking cold turkey. Smoking cigarettes is known to cause many problems during pregnancy. According to the Center for Disease Control's website, smoking tobacco cigarettes can cause the following issues.
- Increases chances of a miscarriage.
- Smoking cigarettes can cause problems to the placenta which supplies the baby with oxygen and food.
- Premature births
- Can also cause birth defects.
Gay found that the best way for he to scale back was to switch to electronic cigarettes that still had nicotine in them. She started with a higher dose of nicotine and continued to scale it back until she became nicotine free.
Shelly Slater with ABC also spoke with, Dr. Sheila Chhutani, with Texas Health Dallas, who did not agree with cutting back and felt that pregnant woman should quit cold turkey.
Dr. Chhutani stated later on in the article that, "I would rather you do the electronic cigarettes and just have the nicotine than the nicotine plus.”
When you compare a traditional tobacco cigarette which is made up of over 4,000 chemicals and an electronic cigarette that has 4 chemicals in it, it would seem to be a better choice.
Gay say e-cigs have helped her tremendously and has even helped her breath better, which comes as a relief of trying to quit smoking throughout her decade of her addiction to cigarettes.
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