If You’re Pregnant, Your Partner Can’t Smoke — Even If They Don’t Do It Around You

It’s (hopefully) common knowledge that if you’re pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, you shouldn’t pass the time smoking cigarettes. But what about second-hand, or even third-hand smoke? Basically, when you’re pregnant, can you live in a house with a smoker? Is it harmful, or is it relatively safe for you and your unborn child as long as you’re not the one inhaling? According to experts, the answer is an easy one (and one that every pregnant woman should absolutely know).

The American Pregnancy Association (APA) cites second-hand smoke as being “the product released into the environment whenever someone who is smoking exhales.” The APA goes on to add that there are “4,000 chemicals present in second-hand smoke,” and many of them are said to cause a variety of cancers. Whether or not you’re the one smoking doesn’t matter, either. If you’re in the same space as someone who is, you and your baby are exposed to the very same cancer-causing chemicals. The APA also says that “miscarriage, low birth weight, early birth, learning or behavioral deficiencies in your child, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),” which is when an infant dies unexpectedly while asleep, can all be related…

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