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Can smoking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

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Dr. Steve Krager
Dr. Steve Krageranswered
Pediatrics 7 years experience
Yes: An association between smoking during pregnancy and congenital heart defects has been demonstrated. This is one the many problems that can occur due to smoking during pregnancy. Smoking while pregnant also increases the risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome and other health issues.
Dr. Steve Krager
Dr. Steve Krager commented
Pediatrics 7 years experience
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Of course! This is the study I looked at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18381510
Oct 24, 2011
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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It can: Children of women who smoked during pregnancy have approximately 2.5 times higher rate of congenital heart defects, some of which can result in heart failure. To put this in context, however, means that about 1 child in 200 gets congenital heart problems in non-smokers, and 2-3 children out of 200 get it with smoking mothers. So, its not common in either, but its just 1 of many risks of ur smoking.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can drinking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
No: It causes a constellation of problems equally bad known as fetal alcohol syndrome.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
Yes. Fetal alcohol syndrome can include heart defects. Risk increases with more alcohol consumption earlier in pregnancy. No amount of alcohol is safe to drink while pregnant. Please consult with your doctor if you have specific concerns.
Dec 31, 2018

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