A 35-year-old member asked:
Can smoking while pregnant contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my child?
2 doctor answers • 12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steve Krageranswered
Pediatrics 7 years experience
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A Verified Doctoranswered
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 answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
No: It causes a constellation of problems equally bad known as fetal alcohol syndrome.
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Aug 4, 2015
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