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Pregnancy is about creating a new life, but ultimately it is the mother's decision whether or not to continue smoking. Your pregnancy can be a powerful motivation to give up smoking, because you're making this choice on behalf of your unborn child who is completely dependent on you. Smoking not only exposes the foetus to toxins in tobacco smoke, but it also damages placental function.
Smoking makes it harder to conceive, irrespective of which partner smokes. Both female and male smokers have lower fertility levels, while adults who were born to mothers who smoked have less chance of becoming a parent themselves. Smoking also reduces the chances of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) succeeding.
It's thought nicotine reduces a woman's fertility by affecting the production of hormones that are necessary for pregnancy. Smoking also impedes the transportation of the egg through the Fallopian tubes to the womb.
Male smokers tend to have a sperm count that is 15 per cent lower than that of non-smokers.
If you're trying for a baby, all of the following could impair male fertility as a result of smoking:
Quitting smoking will increase your ability to conceive and your likelihood of success with IVF.
If your health isn't enough to make you quit smoking, then the health of your baby should be. Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby's health before, during, and after your baby is born. The nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes), carbon monoxide, and numerous other poisons you inhale from a cigarette are carried through your bloodstream and go directly to your baby via the umbilical cord and placenta.
Smoking while pregnant develop the following common problems:
The more cigarettes you smoke per day, the greater your baby's chances of developing these and other health problems. There is no "safe" level of smoking while pregnant.
Secondhand smoke (also called passive smoke or environmental tobacco smoke) is the combination of smoke from a burning cigarette and smoke exhaled by a smoker.
The smoke that burns off the end of a cigarette or cigar actually contains more harmful substances (tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine, and others) than the smoke inhaled by the smoker.
If you are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, you increase your and your baby's risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, allergies, asthma, and other health problems.
Babies exposed to secondhand smoke may also develop reduced lung capacity and are at higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
If you are a smoker and your pregnant or plan to be you have the very best reason in the world to quit smoking immediately.
Reasons for Quitting Smoking When Pregnant
If you are pregnant, the reasons for quitting smoking are twice as important and the benefit you will pass on to your baby will be a gift of a better life right from the very beginning. Please don’t think about it, don’t hesitate, just quit smoking and drinking of course, as soon as you possibly can.
As a smoker you are probably already aware of the health problems that you can develop while smoking such as: back pain, heart disease, hypertension, lung cancer and mouth cancer. However, you may not be aware of the serious health problems your baby can develop as a result of your smoking. When you smoke while pregnant, your pregnancy can be seriously affected. You can develop Placenta Abruption, Placenta Previa or you can go into pre-term labor.
Quitting smoking will have many benefits for both you (as explained above) and for your baby as follows:
There are many smoking cessation programs available to help you quit smoking.
Other smoking cessation programs:
When you are pregnant, everything that you put into your body is also put into the body of your baby. Because of this it is very important that you quit smoking. The best time to quit smoking is before you conceive, however, quitting by your 14th week of pregnancy is the next best option. If you are a smoker and are thinking about getting pregnant or already pregnant, then use one or more of these methods to kick the habit:
Here are some tips that may help you kick the habit:
The sooner you stop smoking, the better it is for both you and your baby!
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