A 50-year-old member asked:
Did smoking during pregnancy cause my baby to have meconium aspiration syndrome?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unlikely: Meconium aspiration is a complex interplay between the stability of the baby at the end of pregnancy and some stressful event (like tangling in the umbilical cord reducing its blood flow).The stress causes release of poo into the amnionic fluid before birth. Some may drift toward the intake hole of the lungs & enter. If poo enters the lungs it can cause aspiration pneumonia (mas).
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Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Perhaps.: Smoking reduces your blood's capacity to carry oxygen to the placenta and fetus, therefore predisposing the baby to mas . I agree that mas is likely due to acute events, but chronic placental failure does not help..
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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013
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