The real reason behind Thumbelina's abnormal growth was far more sinister than a magical seed.
"Even top-notch medical care can't compensate for the multiple effects of smoking on a developing baby. First and foremost, smoking cuts down a baby's supply of oxygen. A lack of oxygen hampers a fetus's growth and development, setting the stage for low birth weight, stillbirth, miscarriage, and many other potential complications."
Research shows women who smoke while pregnant are three times as likely to have a smaller baby. They are less likely to carry the child to full term and face a 26 per cent greater risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.
Just a quick note for the series - I am not trying to glamorize any of the issues here. I hoped by providing statistics about them, people would be made aware of these terrible and yet realistic consequences. I'm not a drug addict. I've never touched a cigarette and the nearest i've been to alcohol is flavoured ice cream. I've never been physically abused, nor have I had to deal with alot of the horrible things I have been addressing in this series - so excuse me if my interpretations are a little off. But whether they are accurate or not isn't the point - the point is that these are real issues and they need to be addressed.
Ok, so I just got back from the dentist so I can finish the description! This photo was damn fun to do, but very frustrating getting all the angles to match. The cigarette box is my Dad's - he hunted through about 20 packs of new boxes until he could find me one with appropriate wording, bless his soul. Anyway, I hope you guys like it!