Brit reality star caught smoking while pregnant, stripped of ‘Mum of the Year’ title

British Reality star (XFactor and I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here) Stacey Solomon, who is 7 months pregnant, was recently caught smoking  4 cigarettes within 2 hours in an alley way during a break from a photo shoot. She was stripped from from contention in Foxy bingo’s “Celebrity Mum of the Year” award where she was up against other UK stars Victoria Beckham and 
Amanda Holden. She won the award last year, Yahoo! writes.
Solomon and fiance Aaron Barnham baby shopping recently
Solomon said she was desperately trying to quit and alleged her doctor told her it would be “more stressful” on HER body to quit right now. Yup, HER body. Forget the kid.

Another two-time Mum of the year winner actress Kerry Katona came to Solomon’s defense, saying that her own doctors told her there smoking once in a while is okay and that the low tar cigs Solomon smoked was no harm. Um, okay. She got her medical license from where again?  This will be Solomon’s second child. She has a 3-year old son, Zac, from a previous relationship.

For those who ever wondered what the risks are for smoking while pregnant, here is a list put together by the staff at the Mayo clinic: 
How does smoking during pregnancy affect a baby?Smoking during pregnancy exposes a baby to carbon monoxide, which limits the baby’s supply of oxygen and the delivery of nutrients. Exposure to nicotine also increases a baby’s heart rate and reduces fetal breathing movements.
Smoking during pregnancy has been linked with other problems as well, including:
  •     Vaginal bleeding
  •    Problems with the placenta, such as when the placenta partially or totally covers the cervix (placenta previa) or when the placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery (placental abruption)
  •     Low birth weight
  •    Preterm premature rupture of the membranes — when the fluid-filled membrane that surrounds and cushions the baby during pregnancy (amniotic sac) leaks or breaks before labor begins and before week 37 of pregnancy
  •     Preterm labor
  •     Premature birth
  •     Birth defects involving the heart, limbs, skull, muscles and other areas
  •     Pregnancy loss
Smoking during pregnancy can also affect a baby after he or she is born, increasing the risk of:
  •     Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  •     Colic
  •     Asthma
  •     Respiratory infections
  •     Childhood obesity
They also write that “smoking can make it harder for you to get pregnant. Smoking also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy — when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.”

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