Loma Linda, California, to overcome the addiction to cigarettes, many smokers who started it by switching to nicotine gum. Although not smoky, this option is not always safe because any form of nicotine remain dangerous when consumed by pregnant women.
According to a recent study at Loma Linda University, the addictive substance contained in the nicotine gum will still be absorbed and circulated throughout the body via bloodcirculation. In pregnant women, blood was circulated also through the placenta to thefetus.
Nicotine is one of the addictive drug in the body of the fetus could form dangerouscompounds, namely reactive oxygen species. These compounds can lead to permanent damage to the fetal blood vessels are immature, so the risk of triggering a heart condition.
Risks that may be borne by the fetus when born and grow up among other high bloodpressure and heart attacks. In the process of birth itself, nicotine also increases the riskto the fetus for birth defects and premature.
Therefore, researchers do not recommend pregnant women to consume nicotine gum.At the middle of the two entities, women should stop smoking completely and not just switch to the nicotine in another form to fulfill dependencies.
“We found a clear relationship between nicotine, either from the cigarette smoke andnicotine gum, with long-term health risks to the fetus,” said one researcher, Dr. Da LiaoDailymail Xiao was quoted as saying on Thursday (07/21/2011).
Although highly recommended by doctors, smokers who want to stop dependence are switching to nicotine gum. One reason, nicotine gum is considered more secure because at least do not smoke so it does not poison the people around him.
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