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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

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

No. It causes a constellation of problems equally bad known as fetal alcohol syndrome. Read more...
Yes. The frequency of heart defects including a hole between the upper and or lower heart chamber is increased among those with fetal alcohol exposure. More intense exposure during the first weeks of pregnancy would be more likely to effect heart formation. These defects can also occur without alcohol exposure during pregnancy. Read more...

How often do? Congenital heart disease present as? Heart failure?

Rarely in utero. Even severe fetal cardiac defects rarely cause fetal hydrops or heart failure. On the other hand, many severe defects can present as florid cardiac failure in the nursery or the first few days/weeks of life and prompt expert care is mandatory. See: http://texaschildrens.Org/locate/doctors/ayres, -nancy/. Read more...
Rare. A congenital defect to 'present' for the first time as heart failure, would likely be in the very young infant. Undiagnosed congenital disease which presents in this way, previously unknown, is quite rare. Read more...

How can a congenital heart disease cause congestive heart failure?

Flow demands. The fetal heart is required to do about half the work of living outside. Blood from the body is pumped through the heart back to the body & placenta without going through the lungs. Mom also does the work of providing nutrients, removing waste & keeping temperature stable. After birth, the heart must pump thru the lungs & do more work. The additional load can lead the heart to fail. Read more...