If you are pregnant, quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you will ever make, for you and your baby.
The effects of smoking
When you smoke, poisons enter your bloodstream, then pass through the placenta to baby. These poisons harm your baby’s health. This puts baby at risk of numerous problems including glue ear, asthma, leukemia and Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI). Even if you have smoked for some of your pregnancy, quitting now will make baby healthier.
How Quitline can help
Quitline offers phone and text support specially designed to help pregnant women quit smoking. We’ll be there for you throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born. If you like, we will also talk to your partner/family about helping you to quit and making your home smoke-free. Call us on 0800 778 778 or text us on 4006.
Speak to your GP about what nicotine replacement therapies are safe for you.
After baby is born it’s still important to stay smoke-free. The first six weeks is a time many women find challenging. Even if you don’t smoke around baby, poisons from cigarettes will stay in your clothes and hair. Baby will be exposed to these.
I Quit Smoking for Baby and Me
To find out more about the harms of smoking in pregnancy and the benefits of quitting, download this resource:
I Quit Smoking for Baby and Me.
Watch the video below to see more about Quitline’s service for pregnant women.