I’m doing my project on babies because I’ve always wondered if every little detail matters as to raising a child, especially during pregnancy. Wouldn’t it be great if we could find out how to perfectly raise a child to our fancy? (It actually might be a good thing that we can’t, yet).
My previous knowledge is that women aren’t supposed to use drugs, alcohol, or smoke cigarettes during pregnancy but I never knew why. I also knew that they shouldn’t exercise or have hot baths.
Well through a little research I found out that the reason why women shouldn’t drink alcohol while pregnant is because it causes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It causes developmental, physical, learning and behavioural disabilities, while “Children with FASD have problems with hearing, speech and vision, learning, memory and coordination.”(1) In case of drug use, the baby will have a possibility of birth defects, heart attacks, respiratory failure, seizures, being born premature and/or underweight, having a stroke, (which leads to brain damage and/or death), or be stillborn. (2) Smoking causes damage to the mother’s and infants heart and lungs. It also leaves the baby at risk of (quote unquote)
- miscarriage, stillbirth or ectopic pregnancy
- premature birth
- low birth weight
After the baby’s birth there are still concerns regarding its health and development, and especially if they are passively smoking. The baby can: suddenly die, have asthma, obtain higher chance of obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, and allergies.(3)
Now that I know some of the main things pregnant women are not supposed to do, I might look more into the psychological aspect when carrying a child and how it can affect the baby.
Thanks for reading!