Smoking effect on fetus

my husband feels we should have kids. I smoke almost a pack of cigarettes a day. Will that affect my child in the future?

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    Hi. I really understand your concern lady. Yes, smoking can be a big hazard to you as well as your unborn baby. It increases the risk of low birth baby, preterm delivery [delivery before 37 weeks of gestation]. Such babies can be posed with life long disabilities like cerebral palsy, mental retardation and learning disabilities. Recent studies have shown that babies of mothers who are smokers are more often born with birth defects like congenital heart diseases. Babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are up to three times as likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as babies of nonsmokers. Such mothers also have a greater chance of facing complications during labor.

    Answered on May 11, 2014.
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