Risks of Vaping During Pregnancy

Vaping is on the rise, especially among young individuals. Some assume it’s a safer alternative to traditional smoking. However, for pregnant individuals, this isn’t the case. Even though vaping lacks the harmful carbon monoxide found in cigarettes, the presence of nicotine and other hazardous chemicals still poses risks to both you and your baby. Your well-being and your baby’s health should always come first. Say no to vaping during pregnancy.

  1. Nicotine Exposure
    Nicotine in vapes and e-cigarettes is transmitted to your baby through the umbilical cord and placenta, similar to the way it happens when using tobacco products. Determining whether your e-cigarette contains nicotine, and in what quantity, is often uncertain. Prolonged exposure to nicotine can potentially harm your baby’s developing brain.
  2. Hazardous Chemicals in Aerosol
    The aerosol exhaled when using vapes and e-cigarettes contains harmful substances such as trace metals and formaldehyde. These substances can pose serious risks to your baby’s health.
  3. Unpredictable Nicotine Content
    Shockingly, in 2019, tests revealed that 60% of ‘non-nicotine’ e-liquids actually contained nicotine. It’s highly likely that this percentage has increased since then.
  4. Impact on Mental Health
    Nicotine can weaken the immune system, exacerbate stress and anxiety, and increase susceptibility to depressive symptoms and perinatal mental health issues.

It’s imperative to understand that neither vaping nor smoking is safe during pregnancy. Both expose you and your baby to significant risks. Prioritise your well-being and your baby’s health by avoiding both practices.