04 October 2006
Pregnant girls smoke to have smaller babies, says minister
By Nicole Martin
Pregnant teenagers are deliberately smoking in the hope of giving birth to smaller babies, making labour less painful, a Government minister claimed yesterday.
Caroline Flint, the public health minister, said that official warnings about the links between smoking and underweight babies had been understood by prospective teenage mothers.
Sounds quite likely. It’s not as if many young women are capable of empathy these days, especially not to a mere ‘fetus’.
Although there is little evidence on the reasons why pregnant teenagers smoked, the Royal College of Midwives said their members had come across girls who believed it would make labour less painful.
“They think a smaller baby will be easier to push out,” said a spokesman.
“What we try to tell them is that healthy eating during pregnancy and remaining relaxed are much more important. If they have any concerns, they should speak to a midwife rather than getting their information from magazines.”
Here’s a better idea; start getting more fucking judgemental and being a bit harder on these girls.
Strange how men need punishing but women always need to be educated and informed when they do shitty things.
How about holding them accountable and charging them with child abuse?
Virginia Beckett, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said that in her 14-year career she had never met a teenager who smoked in the hope of having a less painful delivery.
She said: “That’s the same as saying that teenage girls become pregnant to get housing.”
So it’s true then? Because they certainly get pregnant just to get housing. I’ve encountered several. It’s obvious to anyone who lives in the real world.
posted by Duncan Idaho @ 5:20 PM
At 9:16 PM, Anonymous said…
Hardly. They smoke to keep their weight down. Smoking is a sedative (lower anxiety = lower urge to eat) + satisfies the oral fixation (instead of using food). Ask the girls themselves and they’ll say the same thing. High fashion models smoke like chimneys for the same reason. Stay skinny, skinny, skinny. Not to have smaller babies.
At 9:18 PM, thefirstbruce said…
“said that in her 14-year career she had never met a teenager who smoked in the hope of having a less painful delivery.”
Though I bet the silly woman didn’t bother asking why pregnant teenagers smoked……she just expected them to come out and volunteer it….