Vaping and Pregnancy

Should you carry on vaping now you are pregnant?

Becky Spencer-Davies

When you are pregnant you know that soft cheese, alcohol, pate and cigarettes are off the table, but what about vaping? Can you continue vaping during your pregnancy? Vaping is safer than smoking, but is it safe for your little unborn? We share some insight into this topic to help you make the decision whether or not to put the vape in the drawer for the next 9 months.

Shall I carry on vaping now I am pregnant? 

In 2018 a study found that using e-cigarettes or nicotine during pregnancy could increase the risk of cot death in newborns. During this study unborn rats were exposed to nicotine. When they were born the mic pups had low oxygen levels. Cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) happens when an apparently healthy baby dies. This is something that can absolutely devastate a family. With this study in mind, it is advisable to pack up the vaping and nicotine replacement therapy during your pregnancy.

Can I vape without nicotine?

You might think that as 0mg e-liquid doesn’t have any nicotine in it, it will still be ok. However, there has been a study involving pregnant mice who were exposed to e-cigarette vapour without nicotine. When they were born the baby mice’s nervous systems were damaged.  

How do I quit vaping?

We advise that you go cold turkey. Pack up your kit and set it aside for the duration of your pregnancy.
Here are a few tips to help you quit smoking or vaping:

 - Seek help from your Dr to talk about the Smoke Free plan
 - Ask those who you live with not to vape near you
 - Try chewing gum or snacking on something crunchy, such as carrots
 - Avoid the social situations where you'd usually smoke of vape until you feel ready

If you don’t feel that you can go cold turkey, then gradually reduce your nicotine content (ideally before you become pregnant). Each week vape a little less and use a lower mg juice. This will reduce your dependence on nicotine and help you break your vaping habits.

Should I definitely not vape during pregnancy?

Of course, the decision is ultimately yours. However, you will want to lead the healthiest life possible while growing a human. You might even find that vaping is the last thing you want to do when you are in the grips of morning sickness!

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