Is It Safe To Vape While Pregnant?
Is It Safe To Vape While Pregnant?
About Electronic Cigarettes
What E-Liquids Can Contain
Aside from nicotine, the e-juices that are used in vaping cartridges contain other chemicals and preservatives. Most have propylene glycol, a chemical which can cause eye and lung irritation. Also, when e-liquids are heated at high temperatures, carbonyls can be formed, which are potentially toxic.
The carbonyls in vaping liquids found by scientists include: (3)
Formaldehyde: This irritant is know to cause a loss of red blood cells and in large amounts causes burns, abnormalities in heart theme, irregular breathing and coma.
Acetaldehyde: The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the US National Institutes of Health both warn of the risk of cancer associated with this chemical. There is also some evidence that is can cause reduction in coordination and memory impairment, but findings are still inconclusive.
Acetone: Large amounts of acetone have been know to cause headache, slurred speech, lack of coordination, low blood pressure and coma.
Butanol: Symptoms of butanol poisoning include headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, low blood pressure, trouble breathing and coma.
Depending upon whether the e-liquid is propylene glycol-based can mean you’re taking in higher levels of carbonyl, including formaldehyde, which is a carcinogenic substance.
As fetus development occurs, even small amounts of substances impact the growing infant in large ways. Although the symptoms mentioned above are mostly the result of large amount of the chemicals, any amount during pregnancy could have the potential to have an effect on the baby.
It’s been scientifically proven and is understood that smoking tobacco causes plenty of health issues, from lung and mouth cancer to heart disease. It’s also a fact that smoking during pregnancy may lead to premature birth, lower infant birth weights, birth defects and even infant death. (4)
These facts lead many women who are addicted to nicotine to either quit smoking or seek out an alternative, such as vaping while pregnant, instead of smoking cigarettes.
The problems associated with smoking are still an issue with vaping, since you are still ingesting nicotine, which increases the risk of:
Should You Vape While Pregnant To Quit Smoking?
When it comes to smoking tobacco or using an electronic nicotine delivery system to vape while pregnant, vaping seems to be a little less harmful. This is because the e-liquids contain fewer dangerous substances than cigarette smoke does. But the fact remains that there are very dangerous substances in both cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and neither choice is actually ‘safe’ for you or your baby.(5)
The nicotine, alone, makes it a health hazard to vape when you’re pregnant. In addition to nicotine, a known carcinogenic substance, some flavorings contained in e-liquids can harm a developing fetus.
Aside from the health dangers of vaping while pregnant, there has been no definitive evidence to prove that e-cigarettes actually help people to quit smoking.
The most effective route to recovery from an addiction to nicotine includes individual and group counseling.
There are also FDA-approved medications to help people overcome a smoking addiction, however these are not recommended for women who are pregnant. The FDA has not approved vaping and e-cigarettes for the purpose of smoking cessation.
Vaping while pregnant is not safe for your or your baby’s health. Keep in mind that e-cigarettes are not government-regulated for the amounts or types of chemicals contained in the e-juice cartridges, including nicotine. The safety of other ingredients, such as preservatives and flavorings, has not been well-documented.
Nicotine is a highly addictive, toxic substance that interferes with fetal brain development, may negatively affect fetal lung development and places your baby at a higher risk for SIDS. Due to unregulated nature of e-cigarettes, labeling can vary widely and may not even be accurate. 6 Some e-cigarettes may contain even higher levels of nicotine than traditional cigarettes.
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