1. If you're planning a baby it's best to be in optimum health before you conceive, and smoking, well, it...
1. If you're planning a baby it's best to be in optimum health before you conceive, and smoking, well, it really doesn't place you in the category of optimum health. 2. WebMD notes that if you want to get pregnant, being a smoker can make it harder. Smoking lowers your fertility ability by affecting your ovaries and decreasing estrogen levels. 3. If you're pregnant, and smoking, it's like handing your baby-to-be a cigarette and lighting it for him. Each time you smoke, nicotine passes right through your body and into your baby. Nicotine affects your baby's ability to get the important oxygen and nutrients that his body needs to develop and grow. If you wouldn't give your newborn a cigarette, why smoke while pregnant? 4. Your baby may be born small or worse. Smoking during pregnancy accounts for about 30% of low-birth weight babies, 14% of preterm deliveries, and 10% of all infant deaths according to The American Lung Association. 5. If you smoke around your newborn you're putting him at an increased risk of dying from SIDS, setting him up for possible allergies and asthma, increasing his risks for catching colds, and even increasing his risk of developing major learning disabilities. 6. Quitting today means your baby may be happier and easier to manage - yup, it's true. For free advice on how you can quit smoking call 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669) to be connected to the quitline in your State or visit Smokefree Women.

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