Two days ago, I was driving to nursery to collect The Menace and I saw a heavily pregnant women walking to school blatantly smoking a cigarette. It was awful to see. I couldn’t stop myself thinking that smoking when pregnant is wrong.
Look, I am not a righteous healthy person. I smoke occasionally still. I drink too much. I eat too much. I don’t exercise enough. I am a wholly flawed individual who has abused their body again and again. I don’t think twice about popping a ibruprofen and washing it down with some red wine and then following it up with a paracetamol. But I didn’t smoke when I was pregnant and to be honest I didn’t drink either (it gave me heartburn and so I took it as a sign and just didn’t bother.)
I think that smoking is a freedom for the adult individual. I agree with the smoking bans and I don’t smoke in front of my children. I don’t encourage them to smoke and I would lie if they asked me if I did smoke. As far as my children are concerned I was a nun, until I met their father, he was the only man I ever had sex with, we only did it twice and that was when they were conceived. I was a model student, who always did as I was told and did my homework on time. This is all they need to know!!! (They are 8 and 3 years old – there is plenty of time!!)
Therefore, me’lud I put it to you that I hate seeing pregnant women smoking so much that I actually think it should be illegal!!! Just call me Mary Whitehouse and find me a big fuck off soap box and let the tomatoes be thrown. I am sorry – it’s just how I feel. What do you think?
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