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Benefits of stopping smoking in pregnancy

Protecting yourself and baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you, and those around you, can do to give you and your child a healthier life.

Every cigarette that someone smokes 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.   

Stopping smoking whilst pregnant 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 and your baby are more likely to be healthier
  • you will reduce the risk of stillbirth
  • your baby is less likely to be born too early, and, therefore, avoid facing the health problems that often go with being premature
  • your baby is less likely to be born underweight: babies of women who smoke are, on average lighter than other babies, which can cause problems during and after labour.
  • you will reduce the risk of cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome              

                                                                                                                                                             (Information supported by NHS England and the Royal College of Midwives)

To find out more about quitting and to get local support within Northants call:-

The First for Wellbeing Northamptonshire Stop Smoking Service

0300 1265700

[email protected].

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