Not only pregnant women should not smoke but fathers as well.
A recent study shows that fathers-to-be who smoke may increase the risk of congenital heart defects in their offspring.
In other words, unborn babies who are exposed to secondhand smoke are likely to develop congenital heart defects.
Here is the bad news.
Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of stillbirth and affect 8 in 1,000 babies born worldwide.
This is NOT the first study on how smoking can affect fetus.
What’s The Takeaway Here?
It doesn’t matter who smokes.
Anyone who smokes around expecting mothers can harm the unborn babies’ heart.
Firsthand, secondhand and even thirdhand smoke are putting the offsprings’ heart at risk.
What Can You Do If You Plan To Conceive?
Stay away from smokers and even places that have been patronized by chain smokers.
If you’re working, make sure your workplace is smoke-free.
Stop smoking before trying to get pregnant. If you need help to quit, try this remedy.