Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for the health of your whole family. Even pets are affected by breathing in secondhand smoke!
If you are thinking about starting a family, now is an excellent time to contact us for help to quit.
However, stopping smoking at any time in pregnancy will be good for you and your baby, compared with continuing to smoke even one cigarette a day.
Good for you:
- Less morning sickness, heartburn, backache and fewer urine infections
- Less risk of pregnancy complications such as bleeding, premature rupture of the membranes and premature birth
- Less risk of complications in labour
- Healthier lungs and heart, meaning that you will have more energy to cope better with pregnancy and labour
- More money for you and your family
Good for baby:
- Reduced risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or cot death
- Less chance of being underweight and premature
- Less risk of chest problems such as asthma and bronchitis
- Fewer ear infections and less chance of glue ear
- Less risk of delayed learning and behaviour problems such as ADHD
- A calmer baby
Cigarette smoke has 4000 chemicals, many of which cause harm. All of them cross the placenta and reach the baby. One of the main ones is carbon monoxide that restricts the amount of oxygen being taken up - on average a baby's blood will have twice as much as mum's.
We work closely with midwives and health visitors who encourage parents and parents-to-be who smoke to take advantage of the support we offer.
Quit4Life understands that stopping smoking can be a challenge and support is given for as long as you need. It is common to lapse and quit again - you can come back as many times as you want - we would always welcome you.
Our specialist advisers are particularly sensitive and supportive and can help mums-to-be and partners quit smoking without lectures or nagging.
They will also be able to give reassurance about what products are safe to use during pregnancy and the best way to use them. Going through Quit4Life means that as a mum-to-be you can have nicotine replacement products free of charge. If you are wondering about using an e-cigarette during pregnancy you can find some answers to questions from Tommy's, the charity that provides information for mums-to-be and funds research into pregnancy problems, or contact a Quit4Life adviser.
Contact us to arrange for an adviser to call you for a friendly chat if you would like some advice on what support would suit you best.
There is a lot of really useful information on Healthier Together, all about pregnancy, families, and for parents and carers of young children.