These Are The Risks Of Smoking During
These Are the Risks of Smoking During Pregnancy
Does smoking affect fertility?
You probably know the general risks of smoking—from smelly clothes and wrinkles to heart disease and lung cancer.
If you smoke and you're planning to become pregnant, however, you have even more incentive to quit. Smoking appears to have many negative effects on fertility for both men and women, and might make it harder to become pregnant. Smoking is also linked with a greater risk of ectopic pregnancy—when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.
How does smoking during pregnancy affect a baby?
Smoking during pregnancy exposes a baby to many harmful chemicals, including carbon monoxide. These chemicals limit the baby's supply of oxygen and the delivery of nutrients. Smoking during pregnancy has also been linked with many health problems, including:
Problems with the placenta
A reduction in birth weight
Preterm premature rupture of the membranes—when the amniotic sac leaks or breaks before week 37 of pregnancy
Certain birth defects
Smoking during pregnancy can also affect a baby after he or she is born, increasing the risk of:
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Some research also suggests that smoking during pregnancy might affect a child's emotional development, behavior, and ability to learn. Smoking during pregnancy might even impair a child's own fertility.
How does exposure to secondhand smoke affect pregnancy?
Breathing secondhand smoke during pregnancy can also affect your baby's health. Women who don't smoke but are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of pregnancy loss or having a baby who has a low birth weight or a birth defect.