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Vitamin C a Help for Smoking Pregnant Women

Whereas the majority of pregnant women know that smoking is very dangerous for the health of their developing babies, still, many of them are not able to quit their nasty habit. However, the positive news for those women is that scientists think that consuming Vitamin C can help to prevent the negative effects of smoking on unborn children. Lighting up while being pregnant can result in premature childbirth, problems in development of fetus and even death of fetus. Moreover, it could as well the development of baby’s lungs, since nicotine can penetrate into the placenta. Consequently, infants could get less lung function and be exposed to respiratory diseases.

Consuming Vitamin C can help to prevent the negative effects of smoking on unborn children

Recently, researchers revealed that Vitamin C provides a hand of help for those women who can not kick down their smoking habit while expecting, as can offer a protection against some diseases.

During a research carried out by the Oregon Health & Science University research group, the scientists discovered that pregnant monkey given both vitamin C and nicotine and, gave birth to babies with a close to normal level of air flow in the lungs. The scientists divided pregnant monkey into three groups – one group was given both nicotine and Vitamin C, second group given neither Vitamin C nor nicotine, and the third given only nicotine. The amount of nicotine was similar to that consumed by average pregnant woman. The second group, which received no nicotine was used as the control group.

Whereas the research was performed on monkeys, the research group admit the findings are pertinent for humans as well. However, they believe that more research has to be carried out to estimate how much Vitamin C has to be consumed by pregnant women to achieve similar health benefits, and to check and guarantee that higher intake of Vitamin C during pregnancy doesn’t lead to adverse effects in pregnant women and their babies.

The research group highlighted that though consumption of Vitamin C during pregnancy had positive effects on the babies, it still could not prevent all negative effect of smoking during pregnancy. For instance, Vitamin C doesn’t counteract lower body weight and brain development.

Another positive effect of consuming Vitamin C by pregnant women is that it can reduce the odds of their waters coming too early. This benefit is found among all pregnant women, regardless of whether they are smokers or not. According to a study performed by Mexican National Institute of Perinatology, pregnant women were divided into two groups, with one group consuming 100mg of vitamin C daily, and the other not. The study found that the group who took the vitamin C, had fewer cases of their waters coming early, thus reducing the risk of having infections related to premature birth.

Women’s Emotions Tranquilizer is Simple Cigarette

Emotions (derives from Latin word “emoveo”, signifying “exciting, amazing”) is a special class of psychological phenomena, exhibited in a form of spontaneous, biased experience of a person connected with life sense of these phenomena.

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The given class is presented by some types such as emotions of wanting: anticipation, greed, hope, envy, desire, love; emotions of not wanting: fear, shame, repulsion, contentment; emotions of having: happiness, pride, guilt, jealousy; emotions of not having: anger, sadness, distress and others. Emotions are what we feel inside of our bodies. It is good when positive emotions prevail in your life, but what should you do if it isn’t so? How do people cope with negative emotions which sometimes fill them?

It may seem strange at first sight; still women are more exposed to negative emotion’s expression. Being the representatives of the fair sex, women are more sensitive to everything; they take it too close to hearts than male sex. And the first their tranquilizer in such situations is simple cigarette. That is why it is very difficult for them to quit it even if they hunger after it.

Under the words of a leading doctor of known rehabilitation center, women have more trouble quitting cigarettes, in comparison with men, as smoking helps them to endure strong emotional shocks, problems. Most women prefer smoking tobacco to pills, being convinced that it is capable to plane state of mind and to calm them down.

Since 2006, the University of Hong Kong’s school of public health has offered gender- specific counseling under a “Smoking Cessation Service for Female Smokers.” There was carried a survey in which participated 332 women smokers. The results of this survey have revealed that the percentage of women smokers, within an average age of 35, who quit after going through the program, made up 26.5%. The number is to a little degree higher than of previous studies, in which 21.9 percent of females stated that they had dropped smoking after non-gender-specific counseling.

The professor of the department of nursing studies at the university’s Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Sophia Chan Siu-chee, emphasized that, regardless the fact that the increase in the success rate is not substantial enough, still the effect rendered by this program is obvious. Although the majority did not quit smoking entirely, 56% of women succeeded to lower tobacco consumption, while 12% returned to their original consumption levels.

“The main reason of inability to give up this habit is smoking craving. When they are not happy, they tend to smoke. When they have discords in family, misunderstanding with beloved persons, job problems, they take cigarette”, added the professor.

The study also showed that the increase in tobacco taxes resulted to a surge in the number of women involved in the program.

The director of the school of public health, Lam Tai-hing, wailed over the fact that warnings on cigarette packs are too mild and should be reformed in order to operate and the financial secretary should think about increasing the tax again this coming budget by another 10 percent at least.




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