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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: 7 weeks pregnant and tobacco?


 lala3647 - Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:33 pm

Hello I just found out that I am 7 weeks pregnant and up until now I was a regular tobacco user.. Can those 7 weeks of tobacco use cause any birth defects for my unborn baby? Or because I have quit should my baby be normal?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:55 pm

User avatar Hello,
It has been shown that quitting tobacco use in pregnancy definitely improves your chances of a completely healthy baby. The more you use in pregnancy, the greater your chances of problems so I would not worry. While a small percentage of baby's are born with birth defects no matter what you do, use of tobacco in very early pregnancy followed by abstinence will almost completely eliminate any additional risk.

Congratulations on quitting. Sometimes pregnancy (worrying about the life you carry; not just your own desires) is just the impetus you need to make such a lasting change. For your baby's long-term health, as well as yours, I hope you will continue to be tobacco-free after the baby's birth. Besides the direct health benefits you are an important role-model for your child.

Best wishes.

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