Does Smoking Affect Sperm Count?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,

My wife and I have a 4-year-old daughter, we are trying to have another.

I have a few questions:
(1) When is the best time to conceive?
(2) Will current tobacco use have any effect any my sperm count, etc.?
(3) Is 4 too young to be in the delivery room for the next child?
(4) What is the best way to keep one child from being jealous of the new baby?

ANSWER

(1) When is the best time to conceive?
During ovulation. It is good to have sperm there ahead of time.

(2) Will current tobacco use have any effect any my sperm count, etc.?
Probably. The evidence is mixed. But you need to quit anyway, both for the sake of your own health and for your daughter's (your smoking puts her at higher risk of many diseases, including breast cancer).

(3) Is 4 too young to be in the delivery room for the next child?
No. She should attend a sibling class to prepare, and you should see how she responds to seeing her mom in pain and seeing body fluids. Most kids that age are fascinated by the whole process, but a few are scared. You should have a separate adult present just for her so that if she chooses not to participate, that person can take her out of the delivery room without you having to leave.

(4) What is the best way to keep one child from being jealous of the new baby?
There is a great book called Welcoming Your Second Baby by Vicki Lancky with tons of ideas.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.