It seems like it has been forever since I was pregnant with Esmae. It will be four years on June 19th. She is such a special little child, and in a lot of ways she started making her mark on the world long before she was even born.
I have made a lot of bad decisions in life. Having kids was not one of them as I enjoy being a mother, but smoking while pregnant was a regret that I have had since the day that I quit smoking. I wish I could take every single cigarette back – not just for my health, but for any damage I may have caused each one of my children. Both of my boys were both six full weeks premature. Esmae made it to exactly thirty-seven weeks.
Anyway, during my pregnancy I was approached to partake in a study at Riley Hospital for Children. The same study had started in a hospital in Oregon, but it was being kick started in Indianapolis. It was study for smoking mothers. Basically those who signed up for the study were given either a placebo or a tablet of vitamin c. The study would then test the effects of whatever pill was given on the respiratory system of the baby after birth to see if there were any positive of negative effects. Study participants were never told which pill they were given. Neither were any of the doctors involved. Yes, we received financial compensation. While that was helpful at the time, I probably would have done it for free.
I received a call a few weeks ago regarding the study. It was picked up and extended. They now wanted to see the long term effects on children and etc. We were asked to participate as we were the very first test case in Indianapolis. We went up to Riley for our first meeting for the extended testing today. Esmae was AWESOME. She did so well for her pulmonary tests, even at three!!! We will be doing questionaires and in person visits for the next few years. We were happy to join. At least I was, and Esmae doesn’t seem to mind.
Let’s just hope there is a breakthrough and everything we have been doing and will continue to do means something. I, personally, believe that I was given vitamin c. My pregnancy with Esmae was one of the most healthy I had. I carried, technically, to term. And she has been one of my most healthy children in early childhood. Her only real problem has been ear infections!
So…in case you are reading this while being a pregnant smoker….take extra vitamin c! I fully believe in it!