Preconception: When dad-to-be smokes pot

My husband and I just found out that we are eight weeks pregnant. I am concerned because my husband smokes pot every day. Will this affect our baby-to-be?

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I can really sympathize with your desire to know and although there is no way to guarantee anything in this "business," I could find no association in the literature between paternal marijuana use and fetal defects. There are some citations, such as the example below, which discuss affect on fertility.

I read two studies which investigated paternal drug use and gastroschisis (an anomoly where the fetus' bowel develops externally) and neural tube defects, but neither could demonstrate an association.

I would hope that now that you are pregnant, he would abstain from this habit because of the findings related to the negative effects on second hand smoke. Also, parenting is a more than full time effort, and you will need him physically and emotionally. He is not totally with you or the baby when he smokes. The use of marijuana is illegal, which puts your family at risk.

I wish you well and hope this reassures you.

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