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#1 of 2 Old 07-03-2008, 09:43 AM - Thread Starter
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We don't smoke, nor do we spend a ton of time in places where people smoke, but there are a few instances where we do:

1. when we visit people in states that allow smoking in bars/restaurants

2. when we visit my parents (both smoked for years, dad still does).

Both of these situations are like 1-2 times/year situations. Is there any research about very LIMITED exposure to second-hand smoke on fetus' and babies? I grew up in a smoking household, and definitely see the effects on my skin now (wrinkles) and I imagine my lungs would show some damage, too.

But I don't want to have to limit our visiting time the 1-2x a year we see my parents b/c of dad's smoking (they don't smoke near us, but do smoke in their home when we are not there), and he smokes outside when we are there.

Any insight?

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Well, I live in a state that just outlawed smoking in restaurants last year; however, when I was pg with my son, smoking was still allowed, and I just did not go to gatherings with friends. I missed doing that but I do not want ANY smoke entering my system. I just told my friends that I wasn't feeling well, or that I had other plans until I made the pregnancy public.

As for visiting family, I am sorry if this sounds harsh, but I would not visit. Smoke clings to clothes, walls, everything....just b/c he smokes outside when you are there, that does not mean anything. I would not visit. Rather, I'd have them visit me, and say "NO smoking AT ALL." Not to mention - you don't want to be around any smoke after the baby comes either. Taking in smoke at an early age can causes all kinds of problems later on, including asthma.
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