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Smoking

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. 

There are many benefits of stopping smoking in pregnancy, to get support to stop smoking contact Healthy You 

Information about stopping smoking in pregnancy is also available on the NHS website.

Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. Harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, and other damaging chemicals will clear from your body. When you stop smoking:

  • you will reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and birth
  • you are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby
  • you will reduce the risk of stillbirth
  • your baby is less likely to be born too early and have to face the breathing, feeding and health problems that often go with being premature
  • your baby is less likely to be born with a low birth weight. Babies of smokers are, on average, 200g (about 8oz) lighter than other babies, which can cause problems during and after labour. For example, they are more likely to have problems keeping warm and are more likely to get infections
  • you will reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as "cot death".

 

You can always talk to your midwife, pharmacist and GP they are all there to support and help you and your baby.

17/06/2021