The use of Electronic cigarettes also known as E-Cigarettes is rapidly growing in the world. Instead of burning tobacco, they contain a nicotine containing liquid that is heated up, turning it in to a vapor that can be inhaled. They are marketed and often perceived as healthier than regular cigarettes and many people also use them as a smoking cessation tool.
The concentration of nicotine in E-Cigarettes is less than in regular cigarettes, however nicotine tends to concentrate itself in your baby’s body resulting in high enough levels, even with E-cigarettes, to potentially affect your baby.
Nicotine is known to decrease the amount of blood flow to your baby and its placenta. This may affect the growth of your baby as well as have some behavioral and IQ consequences. E-cigarettes also contain many multiple small particles and impurities which may cause inflammation as well as other unknown effects on you and your baby’s body.
Overall, it is likely a bit safer to use E-cigarettes than to smoke while pregnant, but the very best solution for you and your baby is to quit altogether. Pregnancy is a great time to stop both cigarettes and E-cigarettes!