Motherhood involves putting your child before yourself in every way. It may seem like a tall order, but it’s a sacrifice you’ll want to make the moment you hold that small bundle in your arms.
In truth, though, the sacrifices of motherhood start well before birth. Pregnant women change their diets, their lifestyles, and even their bad habits. And, bad habits are what we’re going to focus on here.
During pregnancy, your body is a vessel. Everything that goes into it is going to affect your child. There’s no way around that. Yet, giving up bad habits is never easy. Despite the pressing need to keep your body pure, you may struggle to, say, give up smoking. Alcohol is a little easier to bypass, but even stopping drinking can be a challenge.
To help keep you motivated, it’s worth informing yourself of the risks. Which is why we’re going to give you a lowdown of the dangers of both smoking, and drinking, while you grow your baby.
The chemicals you inhale when smoking can cause extreme damage to your baby. The toxins lower your child’s oxygen levels, increases their heart rate, and put them at higher risk of congenital disabilities. Doesn’t seem like such a small issue now, does it?
You wouldn’t want your child drinking, would you? Well, that’s exactly what happens when you drink while pregnant. The alcohol in your bloodstream passes directly to your baby. And, let us not forget that alcohol is poison. It can do a whole world of damage to an underdeveloped child. The main risk of pregnant drinking is that it can cause lifelong disabilities, known as fetal alcohol syndrome. These range to anything from disproportionate features, to heart and kidney problems. Would you want something like that on your conscience?
From an outside perspective, those risks should be enough to turn any mother away from the habit. But, that’s an easy thing to say from the outside. Pregnancy is stressful. The chances are that your desire to turn to these escape methods is stronger now than ever. To help see you through, you could try these methods.
Get help from a professional service. The NHS stop smoking program is free, so make the most of it. Here, you can receive free stop-smoking aids. There’s also the chance to attend meetings with others in your situation. This support can prove invaluable.
Take yourself away from situations where other people are engaging in those habits. Going out with friends who are drinking, for example, will worsen alcohol cravings. Standing near friends who are smoking will make you want a cigarette. Not to mention that passive smoking can also do damage!
Find distraction methods for when you feel a craving. This is especially useful when giving up smoking. Anytime you feel the need for a cigarette, make a cup of herbal tea instead. It’s the habit that’s hardest to break, so replacing it with someone that’s not harmful is the best way forward.