Can Electronic Cigarettes Hurt Your Baby During Pregnancy?

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Well I have been a smoker for at least 3 years now and I’ve been in and out if trying to quit. My boyfriend and I have recently gotten an E-cigarette. Its much better for me, no toxins and I still get my nicotine fill. Now I think I’m about 2 weeks pregnant, So although this E-cigarette helps to prevent all the chemicals and toxins from going into my lungs and 2nd hand smoke, Does it make it possible to be pregnant and still smoke during, or would the nicotine harm my baby?


  1. Christine says:

    Nicotine has the same affects on your body as caffeine. And a lot of doctors say its ok to drink coffee as long as its not too much. They say 1 cup a day if your pregnant. And I bet almost all of you who are saying that nicotine is so harmful to the baby so is caffeine and I bet almost all of you drink coffee so I highly doubt that smoking an electronic cigarette is that harmful to the fetus when most pregnant women still drink coffee during pregnancy which is as harmful to a baby as nicotine

  2. concerned says:

    I am 13 weeks w/ my 4th I always been able to quit smoking when I got pregnant but this time I can’t seem to put them away….last time I had to have a c-section the baby was turned the wrong way and early he had some issues and was air lifted to ACH the 3 hour drive and stress cause me to develop a blood clot I am getting to do a vbac with this one and I k ow smoking can increase chances of that my husband bought me a ecig and I am wondering is the chances of a blood clot ate as high as smoking regular cigs? I want to quit and I am on a blood thiner but don’t want to push my luck!

  3. Jessika Pfahl says:

    I’ve been smoking Green Smoke for about 10 days now. The vapor production is equal across all the flavors, and I’ve tried them all. I prefer the light level, Smooth Chocolate, Menthol Ice and Red Label (my favorite). The Red Label is slightly sweet, slightly nutty, and very good. The Menthol Ice is nicely minty, though i wish it had more of a spearmint flavor to it. The Smooth Chocolate is exactly what it sounds like, smooth and chocolaty. I’ve tried the others, and the Vanilla is very nice, though it burns through rather quickly. I didn’t particularly like the Straight Tobacco very much, but that’s a matter of taste. I have yet to try the Tobacco Gold, but I very much look forward to it.

  4. Nora Goodreau says:

    I started vaping about a year and a half ago. My daughter and her husband got these for me because she was gonna have a baby and didn’t want me to smoke around the baby. I am 50 years old and have been smoking since I was around 11 or 12 years old, and never thought I would stop. When I tried these I liked these my daughter threw away my pack of cigarettes and I have not had one since. I love these things and will never go back to smoking cigarettes. Thank you so much!

  5. Wilburn Mesta says:

    That is complete rubbish. In times where it was legal to smoke on planes (1980’s-late 90’s abolished) not everyone lit up. Even if one or two did it was rarely chain smoking levels.

  6. Gena says:

    I’m 7 wks pregnant and I’ve smoked for 24 yrs I have a vapor cig now and it’s so much easier not to smoke is it safe for me and baby I have to take lovenox shots due to a blood disorder so smoking increases my risk ! I have to stop but it’s easier said than done but I beleive I can do it now if this vapor is safe???

  7. 17wks5d says:

    I am 17wks and 5d as of today I was told by my current Dr to quit bit to cut down although nicotine is bad for the baby the actuall stress is worse and can cause you to miscarry since my Dr wants me to cut down I talked to her about getting n e-cig its helping me cut down a lot which is great, e-cigs have no harmful chemicals except for nicotine bit very little amounts to where it will not affect the babies health

  8. geek_kitteh says:

    Ok, So I have been using an e-cig for awhile now. When I had my hip surgeries I was told I could use that instead of smoking because it didn’t harm the tissues like a regular cig would. I was told that the damage from one cig took at least … oh hell like a half hour to heal or more. I’m not yet pregnant, but when I do become pregnant I will keep my e-cig unless there is other information out there that makes me decide otherwise. I have a higher level of nic now because I am fully off analogs. I do think that you get less nic from an e-cig than a regular cig because you don’t sit a vape like you would smoke a cig. I take a few puffs here and there all day. I know that you can always go down in nic to get that out of your system as well. Then you can still keep the oral habit if that is part of your smoking problem. For my boyfriend and I, both of our parents smoked. We are both healthy, average sized adults. My hip problem was a genetic disorder – something my mom, and both my half sisters share with me. I was slightly small when I was born but it never stopped me. I wasn’t premie or born early by any means. I do understand that, that isn’t always the case and each persons body is different. So consult your doctor if you’re unsure. Look into things, dig through the posts on the internet. I think the e-cig is the safest and most side effect free method of quitting analogs there is. I even tried chantix. It worked for not even a month before I just had to start again. I was going back and forth from analogs to my e-cig. They aren’t that cheap to keep up and maintain, but for me, at the end of the day or week, it is always cheaper than smoking for me. And please, if you’re thinking of starting to use one, do your research. Don’t just go to the local supermarket or gas station and buy one. You’ll get ripped off. Check out electronic cigarette forum. They have a chat room with many people and will always try to give you the best advice. Again, my surgeon told me to use this instead of analogs because it’s healthier. I understand a baby developing is not the same. But it at least causes less damage than analogs.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Please people do NOT SAY that it ONLY does this or that. I was born on a breathing machine cuz my mom smoked all through regnancy, and my cuzin had bad bad asphma or however u spell it!! i just found out i am too but i will quit. The ones that said things about there kid was healthy, they are LUCKY, and why would you wanna put your unborn child through that CHANCE of being healthy or CHance of not. :/ just pathetic. i know its hard but we gotta do whats right!!

  10. Jessica says:

    I am about 5 weeks pregnant and I smoke heavily. I am truly concerned about my babies exposure to nicotine and am going to try the e-cig and hope for the best since I have not had good luck quiting in the past. I hope this makes me smoke less frequently.

  11. Hannah says:

    Hey! I’m now 5 months pregnant and have had a heck of a time quitting smoking…. Even though I am trying to quit now by using a non-nicotine E-cig. Considering it’s just steam it will help my baby a lot.

    And M3: Just because you didn’t have ANY problems with your pregnancies doesn’t mean other pregnant woman haven’t had troubles. Obviously you didn’t do your homework well enough. Smoking cigarettes can not only cause low birth weight((preterm delivery)). It can also cause Sudden Infant Death, Asthma, Bronchitis, Liver issues, HEART problems, and more. They try to scare you to stop so all of those problems DON’T happen. God Bless your children.

  12. Leonie says:

    Hello i was wondering with the e-cig can i smoke the nicotine free ones i am 5 and a half months pregnant.
    I tried my friends one today and she had the nicotine free ones and it felt wonderful. I have been smoking for 4 years and all throuout my first pregnancy but i was hoping that this will make it healthier and easier on me and my baby.

  13. m3 says:

    hello i had 2 children and smoked and they where both healthy baby’s and also i have done alot of research and there is no mental retardation or anything like that stated in any of there studys. I dont know what the hell gamauchie thinks they are trying to scare becouse the only side affect is this weirdo>>>>low-birthweight baby> preterm delivery and Placenta previa

  14. Becki says:

    I have been pregnant twice, both my children are very athletic and intelligent, they have no physical or mental problems. I was even told by my current doctor not to quit smoking because it puts to much stress on the baby, she is the one that reccommended the ECIG because though nicotine is still unhealthy, there is less of it in an ECIG than in the entire pack I usually smolke per day. It is not safe but neither is being that stressed out, plus the majority of the chemicals that are in an actual cigarette are not in the ECIG. We all have to choose our vices, I am six moths pregnant, my baby is very healthy and bigger than she is supposed to be, so far there is nothing but more posotive effects from the ECIG than anything else.

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  16. Gamucci says:

    Hello dear. I would like to jump in and tell you that I understand your need for Nicotine, and the withdrawal symptoms you may face because you are not getting your Nicotine fix. Although Electronic Cigarettes don’t contain all of the harmful chemicals traditional cigarettes contain, they still contain Nicotine, and Nicotine is not something that is good for you. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Why would you even think about putting an addictive substance in your body while you are pregnant? Electronic Cigarettes were meant to give smokers a healthier alternative to smoking. It is not meant for pregnant or nursing women.
    Nicotine and drugs can affect a fetus by entering into the bloodstream of the unborn child. While you are pregnant, almost everything you eat, drink or smoke passes through your body to your baby. That is why drugs taken during pregnancy can be harmful to your baby. The word “drugs” doesn’t only mean illegal drugs. It also means legal drugs and prescription and over-the-counter medicines. The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs during pregnancy continues to be a leading preventable cause of mental, physical, and psychological impairments and problems in infants and children. A developing fetus really is a part of its mother, sharing oxygen and nutrients through the umbilical cord and across the fluid-filled bubble known as the placenta. It was once thought the placenta as a natural filter, shielding the fetus from external harm. Today, we know that virtually everything in a woman’s bloodstream passes through to the developing organs of the fetus. Since a fetus can’t remove harmful substances on its own, all the drugs a woman uses during pregnancy stay in its body longer than they do in mom’s — and at higher, more toxic levels.
    If you go to you will notice that there is disclaimer at the bottom of the page that states that the product is not intended for pregnant women. All Electronic Cigarette brands have this disclaimer. Please make the right decision for you and your baby.

  17. Jill S says:

    does the ecig have nicotine? then yes it will affect your baby. quit.

  18. Kathy. says:

    no it does not harm the baby at all

  19. Angel's World 9-20 says:

    the best person to ask is your actual doctor… and thats cool i didnt know E-cigarettes existed.. im going to buy one for my mother!

  20. Still TTC #1? says:

    Yes, it is harmful to pregnant women and their babies and definitely should not be utilized during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. ?

  21. ?5 more weeks left ? says:

    Cigarette is never good and healthy for your baby. And how do you know that you’re 2 weeks pregnant? Usually people don’t know that they’re pregnant until they’re at least 4 weeks.

  22. Roxi says:

    Thats actually a really question! I am a smoker, (unless the test is positive tomorrow) and that would be a good alternitive (depending of course)
    Sorry i really didnt answer your question. Since their so new you could email the company?

  23. Rochelle says:

    Effects of nicotine
    Nicotine causes spasm of the arteries, including those that send blood to the placenta. This diminishes the baby’s oxygen and nutrient supplies, which can result in smaller (or underweight) babies.
    You need to quit altogether. Nicotine is very bad for your baby, think of it as a drug.
    Talk to your doctor as soon as possible as to which way would be best for you to quit, as cold turkey isn’t always the best option depending on your degree of addiction.

  24. laceyund says:

    Obviously, not smoking anything is the best option. However, sometimes it just isn’t an option. So you have to decide… do you think it is the nicotine you are addicted to, the other ingredients (and yes… arsenic, carbon monoxide and some of the other by-products in tobacco cigarettes are highly addictive), or is it the action itself.
    What most people don’t realize is that the electronic cigarette comes in a variety of strengths, including a zero nicotine. So basically, you can continue with the action, but not get the nicotine.
    The ingredients of an electronic cigarette vary, but in most cases, they have flavoring, propylene glycol and either nicotine and no nicotine.
    Since you are probably visiting your doctor regularly, here are some things to take with you to help your physician decide if the electronic cigarette is right for you…
    Let’s talk about propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is found in thousands of products. Go into your bathroom and have a look. Go into your medicine cabinet and have a look. I am putting a link to a 2006 report from the EPA regarding propylene glycol. They do discuss propylene glycol by inhalation on the unborn fetus. This would be good information to provide the doctor.…
    There have also been studies done since the 40’s regarding the anti-bacterial effects from inhalation of propylene glycol.…
    One study shows that you are actually getting 1/3 of the nicotine as you would in comparison to a tobacco cigarette.… Another thing to note is that if you want to stay away from nicotine completely, you should eliminate tomatoes, eggplant, and other products that come from the nightshade family of plants as they all contain nicotine (very small amounts… but still there).
    Let’s talk about carcinogens. Currently, the only product that contains nicotine that does not contain carcinogens is the Commit Lozenge. The gum, the patch, the nicotine inhaler, the nasal sprays all have carcinogens. The electronic cigarette liquid was tested and it was found that there were carcinogens present. However, the liquid is inhaled, not consumed orally. Vapor testing to date shows no carcinogens in the vapor and there should be some more reports coming out here shortly. However, the NZ-Report I listed above has some good information on that. Did you also know that carcinogens are found in meat and as you cook them… the carcinogens get more powerful?
    No matter what you decide, do not feel guilty. Remember, it is the DOSE that is the devil, not what you are actually doing. I have been pregnant twice and been a pack a day smoker for 16 years. Both times, my doctor (different doctors) told me that greatly reducing my consumption was the best route if I couldn’t quit. Stress and anxiety are far more harmful on the baby than anyone can possibly imagine.
    I use and love my electronic cigarette. Feel free to ask any questions. I am not a doctor… but I do an obscene amount of research and blogging on the subject and I am more than happy to help you put together the information you need to discuss this with your physician. But no matter what you do… you need to discuss it with your doctor… even if you go cold turkey because Doc needs to know to keep an eye on your anxiety levels.

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