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Our wood burning stove was left open accidentally all night. would smoke from it affect a 12 week old fetus? cause death or miscarriage?

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Doubtful: however- it could affect YOUR health: If coughing or short of breath- please get examined. I would doubt death or miscarriage.
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Should be OK: Hi. As long as the chimney is unobstructed, it should be fine. Nevertheless, be careful, and leave a window cracked somewhere so smoke is drawn up the chimney. Your baby is probably fine. Good luck with the pregnancy and delivery!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
NO: A 12 week pregnant woman living in a house where the wood burning stove was simply left open would suffer no ill effects. Smoke inhalation form a burning house on fire that requires Emergency medical attention in another story. In your case, you will be fine.

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