Smoking While Pregnant

Cigarette in ashtrayDid You Know?

  • Most pregnant smokers stop for the sake of their baby

  • Smoking actually increases stress rather than reducing it, because smokers suffer nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as depression and anxiety when they need a cigarette.

  • Smoking in pregnancy not only harms you but also harms your baby. It can prevent your baby from developing normally and can increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.

Effects of Smoking on Your Baby

The baby relies on you for everything, and smoking exopses the baby to harmful poisons. When you smoke, some of the oxygen in your blood is replaced by carbon monoxide. This can cause your baby's heart rate to increase as it struggles to get enough oxygen.

Did You Know?

  • Stopping smoking will make a big difference to your health while you are pregnant and after the baby is born.

  • You will have less morning sickness and fewer complications in pregancy

  • You will cope better with the birth

  • You are more likely to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthier baby too

Giving Up

It can be really hard to give up, so don't be put off if you are really struggling and feel you need more help.
The earlier you give up in pregnancy the better.
Be honest and get professional advice - we can talk theough your options to get help. Protecting your baby from smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your baby a healthy start in life.

Second-hand smoke

If your partner or anyone else you live with smokes, it can affect you and your baby. Second-hand smoke can cause low birth weight babies and increases the risk of cot death.

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