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Pregnant & Smoking??? WTF???

There is a woman at the office who is pregnant and she smokes, daily.

She knows it's wrong and extremely unhealthy, but can't or won't give it up.

What would you do if you either knew someone was smoking while pregnant or if you happened to see someone obviously pregnant and smoking?

I recently saw a woman who looked to be ready to give birth, lighting up outside of a restaurant and it took everything in me not to run up to her and shake some sense into her. The only reason I didn't was because I had my son with me, otherwise, I'm not sure what I would have done.

What would you do?

Sat. Apr 26, 9:23pm

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I don't think that there is anything you can do, really, except pray for that baby. I have a friend whose mom smoked and now she suffers from severe asthma. really sad!

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 9:48 PM

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Its gross, I had a similar situation at my office. I said nothing.

Now - I am not saying this is right = BUT when my cousins wife was pregnant she was a heavy smoker. Her physician told her to cut down as much as possible, that withdrawal would be hard on her and the baby.

Like I said: I don't think its right, but maybe she is getting advise from someone that is a little twisted.

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 10:05 PM

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9:23 unless you want to live in nazi germany there is nothing you can do, or should want to do. america is the land of the free, sometimes people are free to do things you think are wrong. i do as well, but i would rather have her smoking, than living in a country where the police could pick her up and jail her for it. what about you? on a side note, i dont smoke so dont think thats where im coming from, i dont think women should have abortions unless, there is a severe risk or the woman was raped, but i dont picket clincs either

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 1:58 AM

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No advise for the coworker except that she's a grown woman, let her make her own stupid mistakes since there really is nothing you can do.
As for the woman outside the restraunt, are you sure she was even pregnant? I've met many, I mean many, women that looked pregnant but were not. So unless you know for sure, you might just want to keep your opinion to yourself otherwise you might doubly piss off a stranger. (1. for telling her how to live her life, and 2. for assuming she's pregnant.)
It's all good to rant to friends and what not, but as an individual you cannot control other ppl's decisions unless they are your child.

P.S. Yes I am a smoker, and yes I am in a process of trying to quit because I want to have kids in a year or two. I will never smoke while pregnant, because my family has enough health risks as it is.

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 6:22 AM

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1:58....Nazi Germany no longer exists. I currently live in Germany (I'm an American ex-pat) and can tell you that in many ways we enjoy more freedom than Americans. And in many ways this country is a lot more civilized than living in the grand ole US of A...

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 8:01 AM

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There's nothing you can do or say. I'm just amazed they're not so embarassed that they at least smoke in private!

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 12:11 PM

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It's called a drug for a reason...addictive, perhaps they were not informed, you would be amazed how many people are unaware of it's true harm. I work w/ a lot of poor communties and bring a prenatal curriculum to them, tha majority smoke at the age of 9/10 years old so when pregnant at 15 years they are not informed or at least are not part of a good support system. It is sad and at least for those individulas they actually do have a reason. However I discover smoking among the upper middle classes and well educated folks to be perhaps less tollerable, almost b/c they should and probably do know better. Either way I have dealt with it for years, the best way I can describe it to be almost preachy like is" It is like getting in a car with your child and only fastening your self and go speeding down a highway. making the choice not to protect your child..basically my point is a mother can choose to smoke or not but the child is the one who will take all abuse for her actions....even though it is addictive in the end it is only 9 +months of sacrafice they have to make...then they can smoke oudoors if it's that important.
OP as far as you stating things to co-worker, perhaps leave a flier around ,,,or say something to her if you have a relationship, a stranger on a corner not so much but if someone knows you really care for them they may be more open, it's a tough one good luck.

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 1:13 PM

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Not trying to be controversial here, and let me say I don't smoke and hate smoking. However, I definitely wouldn't say anything. Its really up to the women and none of your business. We can't live in a world where people at work or off the street feel it's ok to intrude in our personal lives to scold us for real or perceived non-major health risks. Keep in mind, in my mom's generation, everyone smoked, and while not good for babies, it certainly wasn't the end of the world. Please don't take my argument down the slippery slope..yes, I would stop a pregnant woman from walking in front of traffic, etc. but OP, you need to get a grip.

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 3:04 PM

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Two words for you: BUTT OUT

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 4:40 PM

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Butt out?

Wouldn't that be kind of rude, though? Going up to someone and putting their butt out?

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 11:30 PM

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