Having a healthy lifestyle is essential if you are thinking about having a baby. If you currently smoke then it is best to stop as cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals. Carbon Monoxide (CO) an invisible poisonous gas is present in all cigarette smoke. CO reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood supply. This is especially harmful during pregnancy as your baby needs a good supply of oxygen for healthy growth. When you become pregnant CO monitoring will be offered to you as part of your routine ante-natal care which involves simply blowing into a Carbon Monoxide Monitor which will give you an instant reading.
Even if you don't plan to have a baby straight away, smoking affects your menstrual health and the healthy functioning of your reproductive system. Studies have shown that smokers take longer to become pregnant than non-smokers, and this includes second hand smoking!
Smoking lessens the chance of successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment and stopping smoking is encouraged before undergoing IVF.
Information for Dads
When you are a dad, or when you and your partner want to have a baby there are so many reasons to go smokefree. Not only will you reduce the risk of impotence and reduced fertility levels, as smokers may have fewer less mobile sperm than a non-smoker, but you will also have a greater chance of enjoying good health for longer and watching your baby grow from a child to an adult.
Smoking affects fertility levels and can increase the risk of impotence. If you are a smoker, you may have fewer, less mobile sperm than a non-smoker.
It is estimated that 120,000 men, in their 30s and 40s, are impotent as a direct result of smoking. If you are 30-40 years old, smoking also increase your risk of impotence by about 50%.
As ‘parents to be’ give yourselves and your unborn baby a fresh start.