Smoking before pregnancy is incredibly problematic and can lead to miscarriages, premature birth, and low birth weights. Smoking and even secondhand intake can affect your fertility chances. Smoking can even affect your partner’s sperm count. In order to give your future child the healthy start to life it deserves, it is important to be completely nicotine free before attempting to conceive.
Most insurers provide free resources to help you kick the habit. You can connect with experts through multi-session counseling sessions over the phone, giving you the advice and support you need to quit once and for all. Most pharmacy coverage includes nicotine replacement products such as the patch, gum, and Zyban. Call your insurer to see how you can set up a counseling session, or visit their website for advice, success stories, and other useful tools to help you quit.
How does smoking affect fertility?
Women who smoke may be at a greater risk of experiencing ovulation problems or other general health issues that may affect fertility, including early onset of menopause and damaged eggs. Like alcohol, it’s moderation that counts: a cigarette here and there probably won’t make your fertility plunge off a cliff, but several or more a day can be detrimental. Secondhand smoke intake can negatively affect your fertility chances, too. Smoking can also affect your partner’s sperm count by reducing sperm quality and mobility. To give yourself the best chance of conceiving a healthy baby, go completely nicotine-free first.