Experts are concerned about these numbers:
- Over forty percent of expectant mothers believe vaping isn’t as harmful as cigarettes.
- Almost sixty percent believe that e-cigs contain nicotine.
- Two-thirds of women surveyed believe e-cigs may be addictive.
It isn’t any news flash that health experts believe smoking while pregnant is dangerous. It has been linked to birth defects and low birth weight of the babies born to mothers that smoked during pregnancy. So the question now is how harmful is vaping while pregnant? For women who smoke and become pregnant, do they pose any possible dangers and risks to their unborn child?
Which Is Less Harmful: E-Cigarettes Or Tobacco Cigarettes?
There are as many as 4,000 toxins in addition to the nicotine in regular tobacco cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes (commonly called e-cigs) contain propylene glycol, water, occasionally some nicotine and several other toxins. So it would appear that e-cigs are less harmful, regrettably, studies have not proved comprehensively that it is safe for expectant mothers to vape. While it is known that there are chemicals in e-cigs, the studies have not concluded what, if any toxins from vaping are reaching the baby.
While it has been established how smoking tobacco cigarettes affect the growth of unborn babies, doctors and experts are still studying the long-term efficacy and safety of nicotine during pregnancy in regards to postnatal health. So, if we know that nicotine is definitely harmful to the unborn baby, can e-cigs that claimed to be nicotine-free to actually be nicotine-free and safe for the unborn?[divider]
Why Is Smoking A Danger To The Unborn?
When anyone smokes, their blood vessels narrow. So when an expectant mother smokes, her narrowed blood vessels are minimising the number of nutrients and oxygen getting to the placenta and thus less to the unborn baby. As such, experts believe that regardless if a mother is smoking tobacco the more common way, vaping or using any type of nicotine replacement therapy could be harmful to the unborn.[divider]
Long-Term Future Damage To The Unborn
In addition to smoking tobacco by expectant mothers to cause birth defects and low birth weight, other risks of long-term nature have been discovered. Over the years, studies have also shown that when a fetus is exposed to nicotine, there is a long-term risk possibility of that child having obesity problems later in life. Even pregnant women that used an NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) were known to have small babies and the baby’s livers were also producing more triglyceride within six months, an indication of obesity.[divider]
If The Label Says Nicotine-Free, Are they?
It is pretty much an all-around opinion by the general public that labels on any product can’t be trusted to be 100% accurate. So why should the general public trust the labelling on e-cigs, or any NRT product, that are labeled as nicotine-free? Studies of regulatory labelling have proven more than once that labelling of any product cannot be trusted to be 100% accurate or truthful.
In fact, the concentration of nicotine may be even higher than what is indicated on labeling and the refill solutions marked ‘nicotine-free’ to have some level of nicotine in them. In addition to the nicotine, there are some liquids for e-cigs and the vapor from them that showed traces of chemicals that are known to be cancer-causing such as formaldehyde and nitrosamines as well as other toxins.[divider]
Maybe E-Cigs Are Not Safe, But They Are Safer
So while the data collected so far from various studies cannot provide conclusively those expectant mothers who do use e-cigarettes while pregnant isn’t posing any harmful risks to their unborn, experts say if you have to smoke, vaping maybe the safer choice over tobacco.[divider]