Mum claims smoking 'helped' her newborn daughter

A young mum has claimed her heavy smoking habit will have benefited her newborn daughter, Lilly.

Charlie Wilcox ignored health warnings, and continued to smoke heavily throughout her pregnancy.

Charlie Wilcox, 20, appeared on a BBC3 documentary about pregnant women ignoring midwives advice. During the program, it was calculated that Charlie smoked 3,500 roll-up cigarettes during her pregnancy. Despite health professionals explaining the risks, and begging her to stop throughout the pregnancy, Charlie now claims her habit helped her daughter.

Among her claims were that a friend had miscarried after quitting smoking, and that her smoking habit would have benefited Lilly’s development by making her heart beat faster, and making her stronger.

“Where’s the proof that it’s so bad to smoke? I don’t believe it was hurting Lilly. On a typical day while I was pregnant, I would smoke a fag every 45 minutes.”

During the documentary, Charlie recorded carbon monoxide levels six times higher then the level considered safe for babies, and specialist Lisa Fendall warned; “Your baby is struggling for oxygen, and is saying ‘help me'” after a scan.

Lilly was born ten days early, weighing 2.7kg, 6kg below the British average for newborn girls.

Lilly’s father, Shane Baker, also 20, said; “Unless your in the situation yourself then you shouldn’t jump to conclusions.”