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nardeep | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 26, 2009 at 5:26 PM via web

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Why would a pregnant women smoke and drink alcohol?

Please give a description of reasons for smoking and alcoholism by pregnant women

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dominion | College Teacher | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted June 26, 2009 at 6:06 PM (Answer #2)

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I would think some pregnant women smoke and drink alcohol because like every habit it is hard to kick, for some women it's part of their social circle or the social class which they come from. It may also be down to lack of education, they simply don't know the harmful effects these habits have on their unborn child. Until it was scientifically proven that alcohol and smoking were potentially harmful for an unborn childs health, many women continued to smoke and drink through their pregnancies. Of course there is always that small group that simply couldn't care less about what potential birth defects or long term health problems their harmful habits may have on their child.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 26, 2009 at 6:15 PM (Answer #3)

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It is quite true that smoking and consumption of alcohol by pregnant women is harmful for the unborn babies. Still some pregnant women smoke and consume alcohol during pregnancy. The reason for this is not any different from the reason why any person addicted to these habits continue to indulge in such habits.

For example, harmful effect of smoking on the smoker itself are well known. Still people continue to smoke. Similarly alcohol also has harmful effects, specially when taken in excess. Still many people continue to consume alcohol in excess and indulge in dangerous practices such as drunken driving. Primary reason for all such behavior is addiction.

IT is not as if pregnant women take up to smoking and drinking during pregnancy. Usually pregnant women try to cut down on their smoking and drinking during pregnancy, some women may not succeed very well in their efforts. Also there may be some who are ignorant of ill effects of such addiction, or do not fully realize its implication.

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kc4u | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 27, 2009 at 1:08 AM (Answer #4)

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It is not that when a woman turns pregnant, she suddenly senses an urge to smoke and to consume alcohol. It is rather that a woman, addicted to smoking and drinking, often fails to give up those habits, and these habits may cause damages to the foetus in the womb. A man or a woman smoking and taking alcohol on regular basis is inviting his/her own health-hazards. But a pregnant woman is in double fault because she also endangers her yet to be born child. Her action is suicidal as well as homicidal.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 27, 2009 at 1:28 AM (Answer #5)

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It is due to the fact that both substances are addictive, and one kicks the need for the other, either physiologically, or psychologically. Often, when a person drinks, the kick of nicotine hits and they want to smoke. The reverse happens as well. Therefore, like the previous post said, it is not that pregnant women feel like doing that- but, pregant women who have already those substances in their body might feel the need to do it because of the reasons stated. Enclosed is a great side on nicotine and alcohol addiction.

 

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted July 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM (Answer #6)

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I think that most pregnant women probably smoked and drank alcohol before becoming pregnant. The condition of pregnancy may cause some to feel sick upon being around cigarette smoke. Pregnant women should avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking as a precaution to the unborn baby. There are some habits and addictions that are very difficult to give up. Many women give birth to crack or heroin addicted babies.

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stacyer | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 31, 2009 at 3:22 PM (Answer #7)

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I think that many women continue to smoke and drink alcohol during pregnancies due to long established habits that were well instilled before the woman became pregnant. Some women drink and smoke during the early stages of pregnancies because they may not realize they are pregnant. Unfortunately, research has indicated that smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs have adverse effects on the developing fetus. Many women may be addicted to alcohol and smoking which makes giving up these habits difficult even during pregnancy.

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baw84 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM (Answer #8)

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A lot of people smoke and drink during pregnancy because they are in denial of the harm it can cause to the baby.  It is also a very hard habit to break.  Some women do it just because they are very self centered and are not willing to make the life changes that becoming a parent require.

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she-chemist | College Teacher | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted July 9, 2011 at 8:23 PM (Answer #9)

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Вecause    they  do not have  brains.............

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gamingbeast14 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 16, 2011 at 2:24 PM (Answer #10)

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They sometimes do it because they are in such pain and ciggerattes and alcochol help with the pain.  This is still not a good excuse for a pregnate lady to drink alcochal and/or smoke and pregnate women should never smoke or drink alcochol because of possible dammage to the baby.

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stephrwilson | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM (Answer #11)

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why do pregnant women smoke and take alcohol?

give discription of reasons for smoking and alcoholism by pregnant women

Addiction is a powerful force that will overtake the will of a human being. The addiciton is so powerful, it becomes the first priority of the human-no matter his or her station in life.  Sadly, when an addiction becomes this powerful, it is difficult to put the needs of self and others first-even when dealing with children.

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mafulton | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2011 at 10:17 PM (Answer #12)

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because their bodies and minds are already addicted to it, so although they may love the baby inside of them, their bad habits over run their lives even if they dont want them to.

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snickel1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 9, 2011 at 4:06 AM (Answer #13)

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they dumb

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cheezea | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 10, 2011 at 10:35 PM (Answer #14)

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they have too much money so they are contributing to the economy :) other than that, there is nothing good... they are just brainless to harm themselves and their innocent child

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bowerk | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 26, 2011 at 5:46 AM (Answer #15)

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Because they have no values and don't care about the child.

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shweta12patel | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 28, 2011 at 6:08 AM (Answer #16)

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It is because of addiction and some who also got out of the habit crave to do that as pregnant women crave to do something they really want and that addiction and craving harms the foetus in the womb and some even die without being born and they stupid too.

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fastestcar5601 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 4, 2011 at 10:30 PM (Answer #18)

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because they go thru stress and they try to get rid of stress by doing drugs t

 

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leayama | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 12, 2011 at 8:58 PM (Answer #19)

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People really like destroying their bodies so they drink alchol.  Please answer this yourself

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britishrachel | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 13, 2011 at 8:20 AM (Answer #20)

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Based on my convictions, i would opinion-ate that they smoke as a result of depression and the stress of carrying the baby for months. but instead of them to take a positive decision that would be fruitful, they decide to turn to alcohols and cigarettes or whatever type of tobacco, thinking that its the best alternative that would make them feel better (which is absolutely wrong). and these would eventually deform the baby in the womb.

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gwynhwyfar | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 18, 2011 at 12:33 AM (Answer #21)

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One would like to think that once someone knows that their actions (whether drinking, smoking or even something like extreme sports or indulging in anger) are going to hurt an unborn baby or even family members, that they would stop doing those things.

Sadly, if such a thing is addictive, the state of being addicted is enough to make anyone disregard the health of others as well as their own. Aside from the mechanism of "Denial" (convincing onesself that the addiction is somehow alright), there are the often uncontrollable cravings for the substance that can overcome even the most well-intentioned addict, including those who have tried to stop drinking, smoking, using, etceter, via means such as rehab, AA and counseling.

Even if a pregnant woman manages to give up drinking or smoking, the odds of them being able to stay off the substance, regardless of help, are very slim. She might have a healthy baby but then go back to drinking, using or smoking and harm a child in many ways.

Knowing that, any woman who realizes she is an addict should avoid pregnancy at all costs. This is why availability of cheap or free contraception is so important.

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meganmjh | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 19, 2011 at 6:29 PM (Answer #22)

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There is no reason. That's the problem- they have no rationale. Don't think. It's stupid.

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abrahamsilshe | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2011 at 9:16 PM (Answer #23)

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Just because they were addicted to them prior to pregnancy

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ngyunhui | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM (Answer #24)

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It is not nessesary that all pregnant women smoke and take alcohol.

 

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raitu | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM (Answer #25)

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They are addicts....

Alcohols and smoking not good for babies...

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alilion | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM (Answer #26)

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addiction..they can't help it and so greatly damages the baby.. which not good at all

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cheezea | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM (Answer #27)

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Not all pregnant women do so, but those who do are mostly those addicted to smoking and drinking alcohol, so even when they are having a baby, they continue doing so as it is a hard habit to kick. They may also be ignorant to the fact that doing so could harm the baby, or they are just heartless to not care. Smoking and consuming alcohol may also help in releasing the pain of being pregnant, so they use it as pain relievers.

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM (Answer #28)

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Some people are in denial and do not believe it can actually harm their developing baby. However, the alcohol does cross the placenta and can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome, especially if the mother drinks in the earliest months of the pregnancy. As for smoking, it is shown to stunt growth of the fetus and also, the impurities the mother breathes in will be in her circulating blood and will also be transferred to her fetus. Unfortunately, alcohol and cigarrette smoking are both very difficult habits to beat and the mother may be unable or unwilling to kick her habit.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted April 29, 2014 at 12:47 AM (Answer #29)

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To smoke or drink while one is pregnant is essentially a terrible idea. Not only can it harm the baby but it can also harm you. Doctors and others say it is best to stay away from drinking or smoking when pregnant. These destructive habits can affect the baby straight away since the baby is not only in the mother's womb but also directly connected to the mother. 

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 7:31 AM (Answer #30)

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I would think it is an addiction, as it has been proven that smoking and drinking is both bad for the mother and the child. A mother would not want to hurt her child on purpose (at least some mothers dont) therefore the addiction is more likely to have overrule them, and they just wouldn't be able to stop themselves.

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melissa1106 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM (Answer #31)

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A mother may smoke or drink while pregnant because it is a habit they already have. They may find it hard to kick and continue to do it even though they are endangering their unborn child. They may also do it to relieve stress or anxiety throughout the pregnancy but there are other ways that should be used. Under no circumstance should a pregnant women drink or smoke because it can severely damage the baby. 

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kevin0001 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 3:48 AM (Answer #33)

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A pregnant woman might still smoke or drink alcohol when she is pregnant because she might be addicted. Smoking is very addictive and is very hard to quit once you start. She might have been smoking before she was pregnant which means she will be addicted even when being pregnant. As for alcohol, it can be the same that she is addicted to it.

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM (Answer #32)

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If this women was an alcoholic before she became pregnant she would start to have withdrawals made worse by pregnancy. The pregnant women may even come to the point where their addiction is more important than the baby that is growing inside of the.  Also those smoke cigarettes will also have a difficult time made worse by pregnancy especially with hormones and cravings becoming higher and going crazy. Some bow down to cravings.

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