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Tobacco use during pregnancy affects you and the baby

Tobacco use during pregnancy affects you and the baby

Quitting smoking, improving your eating habits, and practicing sport regularly can help reverse the damaging effects of toxic habits. However, the benefits of these healthy living habits can take a little bit to show up, which can postpone our goals—in this case, becoming parents.

When a couple visits a fertility clinic for the first time, and their cause of infertility is associated with bad lifestyle habits, the doctor may recommend that they switch to healthier habits before getting themselves started with a particular fertility treatment. This action will help increase the success rates, while preventing unnecessary risks for the intended mother and the unborn child.

Some recommendations include taking steps toward healthy living in order to reopen the possibility of a natural pregnancy, or to improve the outcomes of a particular infertility treatment. Physicians should abstain to accept patients who are unwilling to take steps toward healthy living, and continue consuming alcoholic drinks on a regular basis, or don't want to lose weight in spite of suffering from severe or morbid obesity.

By MD, PhD (gynecologist), BSc, MSC, PhD (gynecologist), MD (gynecologist), BSc, MSc (embryologist) and BA, MA (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 10/16/2018
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