Smoking in pregnancy
Smoking and your unborn baby
Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it’s never too late to quit.
Every cigarette you smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, so smoking when you are pregnant harms your unborn baby. Cigarettes can restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby. As a result, their heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.
Secondhand (passive) smoke harms your baby
If your partner or anyone else who lives with you smokes, their smoke can affect you and the baby both before and after birth. You may also find it more difficult to stop if someone around you smokes.
Secondhand smoke can also reduce the baby’s birthweight and increase the risk of cot death. Babies whose parents smoke are more likely to be admitted to hospital for bronchitis and pneumonia during their first year.
- Read more on the NHS Choices website.
- Straight-talking good advice for pregnant women on the Safer Pregnancy website.
Help and support to quit smoking
- call NHS Smokefree on 0300 123 1044.
- Visit: https://www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk/lifestyle/stop-smoking
Tel: 0300 303 9988 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org