The earlier you give up smoking in pregnancy, the more likely it is that these apply!
- You will reduce your baby’s risk of stillbirth. Smoking while pregnant is the number one risk factor for stillbirth!
- Your baby will be less likely to be born prematurely. If your baby is born prematurely they will be too sick to go home after birth and will have to stay in hospital.
- Your baby is more likely to be a healthy weight at birth.
- You will reduce your baby’s risk of cot death (sudden infant death syndrome). Smoking while pregnant is the number one risk factor for babies to die unexpectedly after birth. Around one in three babies’ lives could be saved from sudden infant death if parents didn’t smoke.
- Your child will have a lower risk of health problems, such as asthma and lung infections. Poisons and chemicals in smoke damage the unborn baby’s lungs and this has implications through their life.
- Your child is less likely to become a smoker and live longer. Non-smokers live ten years longer than smokers on average.
- You'll be less stressed. Smokers suffer nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, every time their nicotine levels get too low.
- Your home will smell fresher.
- Your breath, clothes and hair won't smell of smoke.
- You'll save money.
Can I cut down instead of quitting altogether?
Cutting down may not actually reduce your exposure to carbon monoxide and the chemicals found in cigarette smoke. Quitting smoking completely is the best way to keep you and your baby safe from the dangers of cigarette smoke.
- Smoking in Pregnancy: Communication with Women Working Group (2015) Shared key messages
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- Petrou et all 2005, The association between smoking during pregnancy and hospital inpatient costs in childhood, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15589675
- NHS Choices [accessed 28/04/2016] Smoking wand pregnancy,http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/smoking-pregnant.aspx
ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.