Smoking is the biggest risk during pregnancy for both mum and baby. The Stop Smoking Service can offer you help and support to have a smokefree pregnancy.
Smoking when you’re pregnant means your baby shares all the chemicals from the smoke you breathe in. If other people around you smoke, both you and your baby will be affected by the secondhand smoke.
Carbon monoxide is just one of over 4,000 chemicals and toxins in tobacco smoke. Exposure to carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen in your body, which means your baby will also get less oxygen. Oxygen is vital for your baby to grow and develop healthily, which is why your midwife will screen you for carbon monoxide exposure during your pregnancy.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for both you and your baby. Our advisors can help both you and your partner take steps to give your baby the best possible start in life.
Stopping smoking and having a smokefree pregnancy will also reduce the risk of:
- miscarriage or stillbirth
- your baby being born underdeveloped, or born prematurely
- your child suffering from asthma, and other conditions such as glue ear and meningitis
It might be very tempting to start smoking again once your baby is born, but staying smokefree is very important for both you and your baby.
By staying smokefree your baby may have:
- fewer coughs, colds and ear infections
- better development
- less risk of developing asthma
- less risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome.
Free support is available for you and your family to help you stop smoking.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is also available for you to help you stop and stay stopped. We know that using NRT while pregnant is safer than smoking, for both you and your baby, and having support from us means you’re much more likely to quit successfully.
We want to support every baby to be born smokefree.