Does smoking stop conception?
Posted Tue Nov 06, 2007 04:36 AM
Posted Tue Nov 06, 2007 04:41 AM
Good luck to you.
Posted Tue Nov 06, 2007 06:57 AM
Here is the neat thing: we all develop at the same rate. Like (and I don't have the chart so this isn't accurate but the idea is correct) in week 2 after you've been conceived your eyes start forming, in week 3 your mouth forms, in week 4 your arms grow, etc. We all develop the same body parts at the same time. So, if you are smoking that is called a teratogen. A teratogen is anything that's basically poisonous or seriously harmful to the fetus. If we survive the first two or three weeks of life then we're probably going to make it to birth. So if a teratogen harms the fetus in the first two weeks or so then it will be naturally aborted if it can't handle it, or else it will pull through with no ill effects up to that point. If it makes it through that point then you see that progression of body part development I was talking about. Your brain develops the whole time so that can be effected too. If it survives those first two weeks then any teratogen it encounters thereafter will effect the body part developing in that week in which you encountered the teratogen. People who have an atypically developed hand all had a teratogen effect them in the same week of gestation. People with a cleft lip all had a teratogen effect them in the same week of gestation.
So, if you smoke after that first week or two of being pregnant it could effect the development of the fetus and you will likely see it in deformities at birth. There are also the results of low or very low birth weight, prematurity, and various other problems that might keep it from staying/make it difficult to stay alive. Perhaps that was all unnecessary and you were going to quit smoking while pregnant anyway. If nothing else it's interesting.
Do you remember the "children of thalidomide"? Back in the day (a few decades ago) there was this drug Thalidomide that was given to women to cure their morning sickness. Well, we all get morning sickness during that first trimester and that's when your limbs are developing. So there was a large portion of a generation of children that were born with atypical limb formations.
It's fascinating stuff I think.
Posted Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:23 PM
Posted Mon Nov 12, 2007 07:02 AM
Posted Mon Nov 12, 2007 08:21 AM
Posted Tue Nov 13, 2007 07:33 AM
Can you give me a source on that? I know it's bad for babies after conception, but I've never heard that it effects your eggs or sperm.