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I'm 33 weeks pregnant and i can't quit smoking. What are the chances of me still having a healthy baby?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: No guarantees, but

If fetal head & body growth is normal, the outcome may be less bad.
Prenatal exposure to tobacco can impact fetal brain development & cause deficits in iq, speech & language, visual/spatial abilities, behavior & attention. Developmental surveillance by your pediatrician & your state's early intervention program will help, but try again to stop so your baby won't continue to be a passive smoker.

In brief: No guarantees, but

If fetal head & body growth is normal, the outcome may be less bad.
Prenatal exposure to tobacco can impact fetal brain development & cause deficits in iq, speech & language, visual/spatial abilities, behavior & attention. Developmental surveillance by your pediatrician & your state's early intervention program will help, but try again to stop so your baby won't continue to be a passive smoker.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Increased risk

Smoking in pregnancy increases risk of low birth weight, premature birth, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma etc.
That said, your baby still might be healthy but it would be best for both you & your baby if you stop. You say you can't but you can if you really want to- you need resolve & proper help. See http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/smoking-and-pregnancy/my01924 and comment:.

In brief: Increased risk

Smoking in pregnancy increases risk of low birth weight, premature birth, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma etc.
That said, your baby still might be healthy but it would be best for both you & your baby if you stop. You say you can't but you can if you really want to- you need resolve & proper help. See http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/smoking-and-pregnancy/my01924 and comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
The most important thing is a strong desire to quit. There are many strategies to help, from nicotine patches/gum to acupuncture & hypnosis. Exercise & relaxation helps. For more details on ways to quit see http://altmedicine.about.com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking.htm & www.shareguide.com/smoking.html & http://whyquit.com
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