Women planning a pregnancy and pregnant women should give up smoking as soon as they can to increase their chances of having a healthy baby. Giving up smoking is not easy and women should be made aware of the support that their midwife and GP can provide, as well as the free support available from local NHS Pregnancy Smoking Cessation Advisors and the NHS pregnancy quitline.
An estimated 12% of pregnant women continue to smoke in pregnancy. These women are at increased risk of stillbirth, premature labour, low birth weight and pregnancy complications, such as miscarriage and bleeding.
Tommy's wants to see:
- guidelines for how midwives can make pregnant women aware of the risks of smoking in pregnancy;
- an improvement in referral rates of pregnant women from midwives to local NHS Pregnancy Smoking Cessation Advisors.
Carbon monoxide screening
Download our resource on carbon monoxide screening, developed by Tommy's in collaboration with The Lullaby Trust and several other organisations working in the field of perinatal health.
You can access our information for pregnant women on smoking here