Smoking in pregnancy harms in more ways than you think. Quitting is the best thing you can do for you and your baby.
Learn more about stopping smoking whilst pregnant
What are the benefits of quitting smoking?
No matter where you are in your pregnancy, it’s never too late to quit. You and your baby will see the benefits during and after your pregnancy. They include:
- Healthier placenta to feed and protect baby
- Baby’s organs develop better
- Baby born at the right time
- Baby grows stronger
- More oxygen to baby
- Healthier pregnancy
Just one day after quitting, your carbon monoxide levels will start to return to normal, meaning your baby will start getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs.
What are the risks of continuing to smoke?
Smoking has dangerous risks for you and baby. They include:
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
- Lung and breathing problems for the baby
- Baby born with heart defects
- Sudden infant death syndrome
Advice for Expectant Mothers
It is recommended that people who are planning a family, expectant and new mothers don’t smoke. This video answers a number of questions and myths about smoking in pregnancy, such as:
- Can I use e-cigarettes in pregnancy?
- Why do I need to blow into a CO monitor?
- I smoked with my first baby and she is fine.
- I don’t want a massive baby.
- Pregnancy is stressful enough.
- My partner still smokes but not in the house.
- I’ve cut down.
- I want to do it on my own.
- I’ve heard NRT isn’t safe to use.
The smokefree journey for you and baby
Your carbon monoxide levels will return to normal so your baby will get more oxygen and breathe easier.
Stopping smoking will slow your heart rate and decrease your blood pressure back to normal levels.
Within a week, your cravings will have reduced. This will provide you with some feelings of relaxation and will be very good for your baby.
Over the next few months, your lung function will improve, you will have more energy, and you will have boosted your immune system. A strong immune system helps you and baby.