The Tuesday ORLY: Expectant Fathers Should Stop Smoking

News for those living under a rock: if you’re an expectant father, it might not be an amazing idea to be smoking around your pregnant wife.

A “new” study by University of Nottingham researchers showed that – now get this – secondhand smoke increased the risk of stillbirth. Allow 8BitDad to be the one to say - this is breaking news! Breathing smoke – that is, carbon-filled air – is bad for the vulnerable and tender being that is growing inside of a pregnant woman!

This study, of course, is slated for April to show up in everyone’s favorite journal: Pediatrics.

Jo Leonardi-Bee, the study’s author, in typical scientist form, then reneged on their whole point, mentioning that they’re not sure whether the father’s smoking is effecting his sperm directly or if the negative effects are coming from the mother breathing in the smoke…and of course, more research needs to be done, wink wink, nod nod. Way to secure your next gig, Jo.

Also – and this might be the official takeaway – if you do intend on smoking while your wife is pregnant, remember that for whatever reason, we only recently started talking about “third-hand smoke,” which smokers think is just a way for the squares to take away their fun. Third-hand smoke is the lingering molecules of second-hand smoke that have stuck on your surroundings – and even your clothes. 8BitDad isn’t going to tell you how to live, but we’re going to tell you how not to live. Screwing up an unborn baby ain’t no way to live, sucka.

Single dudes are still allowed to smoke, but it’d be a nice gesture for them to not light up while they’re near the baby oven, or to give pregnant babes deep hugs after smoking in their heavy-knit sweaters.

Sauce: Time

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  • ronald

    Smoking during pregnancy is generally a social taboo to be because of side effects it is said that during the pregnancy. Nicotine speeds up the babys heartbeat reduces the volume of blood in the placenta and where the inclusion of amino acids that can influence lead to all the problems of growth. Cyanide is usually slows the growth of a baby in the uterus and other substances that can cause many side effects.