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Mad Men: Joan Is Pregnant!

Mad Men: Pregnant Joan Boozes and Blows Smoke

Joan Harris tied one on and lit up in tonight's episode of Mad Men. It was nothing out of the ordinary for the curvaceous firecracker...except she is pregnant with Roger Sterling's baby! There are mamas-to-be that hang on to their habits and while heading to the bar for a cocktail or stepping outside for a cigarette may not have garnered a second glance a generation ago, times have changed.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

"We do not know what, if any, amount of alcohol is safe. But we do know that the risk of a baby being born with any of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders increases with the amount of alcohol a pregnant woman drinks, as does the likely severity of the condition. And when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby.

And, in regards to smoking, HHS cautioned:

Smoking during pregnancy can lead to a low birthweight baby and can reduce your baby's lung function

Did your mom or grandmother have a vice while expecting?
Photo courtesy of AMC

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Deidre Deidre 5 years
Agreed with anon...could we wait at least a couple of days after a show before posting a spoiler headline like this, please?
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
My mom smoked with all three of her kids. I don't know if she drank.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
I quit smoking a month before (mind you, it's like my 4th attempt of quitting) I got pregnant with my son. It was hard but knowing that I got my kid definitely pushed me to stay with the program. I did it, and I've not smoked since. I've met with 2 other women who were in their third trimester and actually smoked up until they gave birth--they're neighbors...
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
We went to a birthday party a couple years back and there was a woman smoking up a storm. At least a whole pack that night. Nobody assumed she was pregnant cause she was just pretty big and her tummy might as well not have been a baby bump. When we finally noticed there were footsteps printed on her shirt. Everyone was pretty shocked. She was well in her second trimester. I know it's hard to quit smoking, even if you're pregnant (I did it myself), but how can you smoke so carelessly? And she was a nurse, too, so she was very well aware of the risks... My mom quit when she was pregant with my older brother and never touched a cigarette ever since and I'll just have an occasional one every month or so...
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