How Paternal Smoking Affects Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Majority of married couples desire to have kids of their own but the healthy habit of one or both of them can stand in the way of making this desires a reality.

One of these dangerous habits is smoking. Smoking is a social vice that comes with severe consequencea on the present and the future of anyone who indulges in it.

Research shows that when a husband/partner smokes it increases the risk of having a spontaneous abortion also known as miscarriage in their partner (due to passive smoking) compared to women whose spouse do not smoke. Tobacco use is dangerous and the husband’s not just wives should stop smoking when they are planning for pregnancy.

Sadly, there is still a huge risk of spontaneous abortion even if smoking stops before pregnancy. This goes further to emphasize how terribly smoking can affect the unborn foetus. Smoking not only causes miscarriage it also damages the sperm making it difficult for conception to take place.

Another research links paternal smoking to early stoppage of breastfeeding in their partners. According to Family Included report, a study in Hong Kong shows that ‘breastfeeding is 20% more likely to stop if the father smokes. If both mother and father smoke, breastfeeding is 60% more likely to stop.” This invariably stops the child from enjoying the benefits derived from breastfeeding and predispose the child to be a smoker too in the nearest future.

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Breaking Stereotypes With The Work-From-Home Dad Trend

Work-from-home dad? Yes, you read right!

The work-from-home dad phenomenon is fast becoming the new normal.  Many men chose to leave their paid job to pursue entrepreneurship, which offers time flexibility compared to their paid jobs while others are forced to be one due to job loss.

In many homes, the women are the breadwinner, this may look odd because of the social and religious stereotypes we all believe in that stipulates that the woman should be at home and the man should be out and about making money for the home.

Many at times the choice to stay at home for many men is difficult to make because of the social perception associated with men who do not go out of their house. Some women may even be accused of using voodoo or love portions on their spouse in order to make lose their desire to work outside the home.

Being a stay-at-home dad is not synonymous with being jobless or useless. In recent times many men have successfully run offline and online businesses worth millions from the confines of their home while looking out for the kids. There are factors to consider before taking the bold step of being a work-from-home dad

Have a side hustle: many men who opt out of full-time employment to work for themselves have either marketable skills or side hustles with the huge prospect of growing big if more time was devoted to it. Do not take a leap out of your job to the unknown out of the zeal of being a work-from-home dad without test running this business to see if it would hold up. You can offer your skills on online platforms that require such skills.

Mutual understanding: Couples must come to an agreement on the choice of who works and who stays at home. It would not make financial sense if the woman who earns more have to stay at home because the man who earns less has to work to prove a point. All the angles to this decision must be considered dispassionately.

Prepare yourself for wrong perceptions: it is still not popular to find men work full time from home. You have to be prepared to encounter misunderstanding from well-meaning people who are concerned about your ‘joblessness’ all because you do not step out of your house as much as other men do.

Once you are certain that this idea of being a work-from-home dad will fly. Take the step and work hard it. It might be rough at the start but you certainly will pull through and grow big if you don’t give up.

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