My husband smokes and drinks a lot of coffee. Will this affect our ability to conceive?
There's no evidence that the caffeine in coffee or the nicotine from smoking affects a male’s ability to conceive or cause fetal defects.
But there are many other reasons to be concerned about having a smoker in the house. Secondhand smoke poses a real risk to you as you become pregnant and to your unborn baby. A pregnant woman exposed to tobacco smoke is at increased risk of premature delivery, as well as other complications.
After your baby is born, exposure to secondhand smoke can increase your child's risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and can lead to infant and childhood respiratory illnesses. What’s more, you need to be concerned about the adverse effects—including links to lung cancer and heart disease—that this habit has on your husband's health.
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