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‘Douche du Jour’: Charlie Wilcox, British Woman who Smoked 3,500 Cigarettes while Pregnant, Says it’s Good for her Baby

Charlie Wilcox, a 20-year-old British mom, claims to have smoked 3,500 cigarettes while pregnant in the belief that all those carcinogens and poisonous chemicals were good for her baby. Mom’s logic? That little Lilly, who is now 14 weeks old, would grow stronger because the restricted flow of oxygen to her heart would force it to work harder.

Someone call child protective services… quick!

But reality paints a different picture. According to the Daily Mail, little Lilly was born ten days early and weighed just 6 pounds, 2 ounces (2.78 kg), more than a pound less than the UK average birth weight of 7 pounds, 4 ounces (3.29 kg).

Wilcox said she usually smoked close to a pack a day during the first six months of her pregnancy, after which she cut down to around five a day. That works out to about 3,500 total cigarettes, each and every one of which was harming herself and her unborn child.

At first, Moral Low Ground thought this must all be some sort of sick joke by a desperate publicity whore (see “Mother Gives Botox Injections to Eight-Year-Old Daughter), but midwives tested Wilcox’s carbon monoxide levels while she was pregnant and found they were six times the level that is safe for an unborn baby.

Wilcox, who recently appeared on BBC3’s Misbehaving Mums To Be, British version of Teen Mom, insists she did nothing wrong. “Where’s the proof that it’s so bad to smoke?” she asked.

“I think it was my right – and I don’t believe it was hurting Lilly. I wasn’t ready to give up smoking. I think if I’d given up straight away, the stress would have been more harmful to the baby.

I felt her kick every day, and on every scan I went to she was healthy and growing. There is nothing wrong with her. I think she was a good weight, and she’s developing well and now weighs 13lb.”

Incredibly, Wilcox blames smoking cessation for the miscarriage of a friend’s baby.

“My mate gave up smoking and she miscarried at nine weeks, on the same day I gave birth to Lilly. Me and my friends think it’s because she gave up smoking,” she opined.

Wilcox’s boyfriend, 20-year-old Shane Baker, sounded very supportive of her choice to smoke while pregnant.

“At first I didn’t agree with Charlie smoking throughout her pregnancy. I heard all the speculation and gossip about what smoking does to the baby, so I was worried at first. But the scan results were showing different. They were showing we had a healthy baby with a regular heartbeat. To Charlie’s smoking critics, I would say that unless you’re in the situation yourself, then you shouldn’t jump to conclusions.”

Moral Low Ground is about to jump to this conclusion: that Baker and Wilcox are baby-endangering douchebags who ought to have their parental rights revoked by whatever child welfare authorities there are in Britain.

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