Will smoking affect my pregnancy?

Yes, for example smoking more than 5 cigarettes daily while pregnant has been proved to result in smaller babies, and they are more likely to need specialist care once they are born. If you are a regular smoker of 20 per day, each cigarette will contribute to approximately 13g less of the final weight of your baby; so 20 x 13=260g less than the baby would weigh if you hadn''t smoked. Added to this is the risk of placental abruption (the placenta coming away from the wall of your womb and bleeding) so all in all, smoking is not a good idea to continue. For men, smoking reduces the quality and quantity of the sperm, which can affect your chances of getting pregnant in the first place. You and your partner should therefore try to stop smoking at least six months before trying for a baby.
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