We all know smoking is bad. That’s no surprise. Smoking causes tons of issues, and is one of the most unhealthy things that you can do. We all know that. Everyone also knows that smoking is bad if you are pregnant. Many women think that they can wait until they get pregnant and then stop smoking or cut back and everything will be fine. But, is that really true, or can smoking do damage before you even get pregnant, when you are just trying to conceive? Let’s find out what the experts say! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The experts are very clear on smoking when trying to conceive – it’s a huge no no! Even if you are not pregnant yet, doctors and experts on the subject say that there is no time to waste to quit smoking! The research is very cut and dry on this subject and the experts don’t mince words when they say that you shouldn’t do it! The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends in its Fact Sheet on Smoking and Infertility that both male and female partners should quit smoking if they do smoke, and this is especially true if they are prone to fertility issues or have had fertility issues in the past: “The best available scientific data indicates that cigarette smoking strongly contributes to infertility. Smoking cessation may improve natural fertility and success rates with infertility treatment.”
Don’t get it twisted: When you’re talking about smoking and fertility, it’s not just the ladies that need to lay off of the smokes- the guys do too! For the boys, smoking can damage the quality of sperm, and can also lead to lower sperm counts. Ladies, smoking while trying to conceive can make conception take longer. It can also contribute to hormonal imbalances, which can lead to conception problems. Another alarming fine? Smoking can even bring on early menopause in women!! If you are trying to conceive, this is a huge deal! There really are no exceptions to the rule: If you want to get pregnant and you smoke, QUIT! If your partner smokes, he or she needs to quit too! Doctor’s orders!
As you might imagine, if smoking while you are trying to conceive is so bad for you and so frowned upon, smoking after you actually do get pregnant is even worse! Women who smoke have an increased risk of having an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage. Smoking while pregnant also increases the risk of premature birth, low birth weight and SIDS. Of course, we all know the dangers of secondhand smoke, and those effects are even worse on a newborn. If you smoke or your partner smokes, focus on quitting. Ask your doctor for tips if you need help kicking the habit, there are many alternatives and options out there, if you really put your mind to it, your smoking habit will be just a distant memory!