You may have caught the BBC's recent "Misbehaving Mums-to-Be" series on BBC3, but if not, it was a show dedicated to
Most of them ended up seeing how wrong it was- via a visit to a Smoking whilst pregnant nurse who made them breathe into a contraption which showed them the shocking levels of carbon monoxide their unborn child was inhaling due to their smoking. I say most, but there was one notable exception.
20 year old Charlie, from (argggghhh!!!!) my neck of the woods, the Medway Towns.
According to Charlie, regardless of what she smoked she was doing her baby a favour. She believed that her child's heart would grow stronger due to the levels of dangerous, potentially fatal chemicals the baby was breathing in. So, she merrily carried on smoking 20 a day. She felt, and voiced, that there was no proof that smoking harmed anyone.
Yes, really. No proof.
So obviously Cancer and other smoking related illnesses which we've all been aware of for decades has passed Charlie by.
Even after she saw the danger the child was in via the shocking results of the Carbon Monoxide monitor, she just carried on, refusing to give up or take the advice of a trained professional.
Now, this may not just be a Medway Towns thing, but I myself was told by a young pregnant friend that if I wanted to keep my figure whilst pregnant with Mini, I should smoke, as it would make my baby smaller.
I actually couldn't believe the stupidness of that statement, and got quite angry (which, being pregnant I was allowed to get away with as everyone blamed the hormones), saying that the reason they were smaller (I think I threw in a token "Dumb ass" at this point) is because their development was hindered by the chemicals.
It was no surprise to me that this girl thought she was being clever by smoking.
So, what happened to the baby?
Well, she was born just recently, after Charlie carried on smoking. The child was premature, which is little surprise. Yet Charlie is unrepentant. She still believes that her baby did so well(!) in neonatal because her smoking made her heart muscles used to working harder.
How about someone tells this girl, "er, hello, you stupid, stupid excuse for breath, if you hadn't been such a selfish moron in the first place, your child probably wouldn't have been early, thus making her recovery and stay in neonatal unnecessary".
It makes me mad because, as many of you know, Littlest was born at 28 weeks, a huge 3 months premature, through no fault of mine or his.
I didn't drink, smoke, I even cut out coffee, which is practically my life blood of a morning. I didn't stay up late, I ate lots of good food (or bland food. Either or), and cut out all the foods the experts tell you to avoid.
Yet, this absolute joker, well, caused this child's illness through a combination of selfishness and stupidity.
Frankly, I hope that bodies intervene- if thats what she feels is good for her newborn before she was born, God help the little mite now she's here.
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