Doctors have long cautioned women against smoking while pregnancy. This advice should be especially taken to heart when considering pregnancy after 40.
Why is smoking particularly risky during mid-life pregnancy? When you are in your 40s, most of your vital organs – including those related to fertility and reproduction – have aged and are no longer in their optimum condition. It has been documented that smoking increases the rate by which existing eggs deteriorate. If your husband is a smoker, the habit causes a decrease in the number of his sperms and increases abnormal sperm production. These factors results in lower fertility rates.
If you become pregnant at age 40 and above, you are exposing yourself and your baby to nicotine and toxic substances that are in cigarette smoke. It also reduces the delivery of much needed oxygen supply to your baby.
Continuing to smoke during mid-life pregnancy will put you at risk of miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. If your baby is not stillborn or dies during the neonatal period, he or she might have a low birth weight or may even die a few months later from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Have a successful pregnancy after 40 by quitting smoking today!