13 doctors weighed in:

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

13 doctors weighed in
Steve Krager
Pediatrics
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Steve Krager
Steve Krager
Answer assisted by Steve Krager, Medical Student
Thank
1 comment
Steve Krager
Of course! This is the study I looked at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18381510
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors