Vaping During Pregnancy And The Long Term Effects On Children

Vaping During Pregnancy And The Long Term Effects On Children

Vaping in Pregnancy and the Long-term Effects on Children

The debate surrounding vaping's impact on health has primarily focused on adults. While research is limited, there is evidence to suggest negative cognitive and behavioral development consequences of children born to vaping mothers. 

Maternal Vaping: A Growing Trend

As vaping gained popularity in recent years, it naturally extended to expectant mothers. Some pregnant women turned to vaping in their quest to quit smoking or reduce nicotine intake, believing it to be a safer option during pregnancy. However, this decision has brought forth an important question: What are the long-term effects on the children born to vaping mothers?

The Uncharted Territory of Childhood Development

Understanding the potential long-term consequences of maternal vaping on children's cognitive and behavioral development is a complex puzzle. Vaping involves inhaling aerosolized substances, including nicotine and various chemicals. Nicotine, in particular, can impact fetal brain development, as it affects neural pathways and neurotransmitter systems. A study published in the journal "Pediatrics" in 2019 (Mark et al., 2019). found that children born to mothers who vaped during pregnancy were more likely to exhibit behavioral problems, including attention deficit disorders.

The Need for Continued Research

While the existing research begins to shed light on the subject, it's vital to acknowledge that we are still in the early stages of understanding the long-term effects of maternal vaping. The potential consequences may extend beyond infancy and early childhood, impacting a child's educational attainment and overall quality of life.

Pregnant women who are considering vaping as an alternative to smoking or as a means to quit should be aware of the potential risks to their child's cognitive and behavioral development. It's advisable to consult healthcare professionals for guidance and explore safer alternatives to nicotine addiction during pregnancy.

If you’re unable to quit vaping cold-turkey, discuss with your doctor if NIXT's StepDown program could be right for you.



Mark, K. S., Farquhar, B., Chisolm, M. S., Coleman-Cowger, V. H., & Terplan, M. (2019). Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice of Electronic Cigarette Use Among Pregnant Women. Pediatrics, 144(1), e20183652.

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