How does smoking during pregnancy affect babies?
When you smoke, your baby does too. Every cigarette contains 4,000 chemicals, which go into your lungs when you smoke. Once in your lungs, the nicotine, poisons and carbon monoxide cross the placenta to your baby.
How can smoking during pregnancy harm my baby?
Research shows that smoking in pregnancy may harm your baby in a number of different ways. These include:
Your child’s development
Smoking when pregnant can also affect your child as they grow up. Babies and children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy are also at great risk of:
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- infections in the airways
- ear infections
- behavior difficulties such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Smoking during pregnancy has also been linked to psychological problems in childhood, disruptive behavior and poor educational performance.
Stopping smoking reduces all these risks.