Smoking While Pregnant...Will Baby Be Ok?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband is worried that smoking while pregnant will cause birth defects but he refuses to stop smoking in the house or car while I am around.

Which is worse, second-hand smoke or smoking? I only smoke 3-4 cigarettes a day but I cant seem to quit this time around.

I'm almost 29 weeks and the Dr. says I'm measuring where I should be and seem healthy. Am I causing irreparable damage to my baby or will he still come out healthy?

ANSWER

What would you like me to say? You and your husband know that both smoking and second-hand smoke put both you and your baby at risk for a long list of complications and health problems. You also know that there are many resources available to help you both quit permanently (which would be the best "birthday present" you could ever give your child). But until you are seriously really ready to make use of these resources, there is nothing that any of us can do to help any of you.

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.