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Is it ok to smoke a couple cigarettes a day while pregnant?

7 doctor answers24 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
No: There is no known 'safe' amount of cigarettes to smoke during pregnancy. Nicotine and other toxic chemicals present in cigarette smoke have been shown to adversely affect pregnancy.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
No: I would not recommend or okay smoking at any level during pregnancy. That said, if you can at least decrease your level of tobacco use, it will benefit you and your developing baby. Because smoking is such a powerful addiction, enlist all of the family and medical support you can to help you greatly decrease or eliminate your cigarette/tobacco product use. There are programs available to help.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
No: Smoking any amount is not ok whether pregnant or not. During pregnancy you not only have your own health to worry about, but also your unborn child's. If it is only a couple cigarettes a day, you are very close to being a non-smoker-- make that final step to cut them out completely. Your baby will thank you for it.
Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
No: Smoking is never considered safe in pregnancy.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
No: You should not seek permission to indulge in a small amount of this harmful habit whether pregnant or not. If two are "ok", what about three, or four, or five? Smoking is dangerous whether you are pregnant or not, but when you are, you are sharing the risk with your baby who has no choice in the matter.
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No: No. Don't smoke any at all.
Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Preventive Medicine 40 years experience
Definitely not! It's never okay to smoke any cigarettes!
Sep 28, 2011
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Great answer! Wishing you'all the best.
Feb 11, 2012
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
NO: Pregnancy is one of the best times to kick the habit. There are many reasons to avoid tobacco smoke, and the best one of all is to give your baby a healthy start in life.

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