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Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious problems including:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • miscarriage
  • bleeding
  • placental abruption - this is when the placenta peels away from the wall of the uterus which can result in immediate death of your baby and puts your life in danger
  • increased risk of difficult delivery - such as forceps or caesarian section, especially if your baby is smaller due to smoking   
  • premature birth - this is when your baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy - your baby may need to be in Special Care Baby Unit and stay in hospital even after you have gone home  
  • low birth weight - which greatly increases the chances of stillbirth and death within the first year of life  
  • tiny heart 
  • increased risk of Stillbirth and death in the first year of life, particularly Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Cot Death)

You probably know that smoking whilst pregnant isn’t good for you, but did you know you inhale over 4,000 chemicals from the cigarette. One of these is a dangerous, invisible gas called Carbon Monoxide which gets into your blood stream restricting the oxygen going to your baby.

Because of carbon monoxide your baby’s tiny heart has to beat harder, every time you smoke!

Benefits of stopping smoking in pregnancy

  •  More energy and easier breathing 
  •  Saves money 
  •  Less nausea, vomiting and heartburn 
  •  Less chance of Urine infection 
  •  Cleaner smelling home and clothes 
  •  Less complications in labour 

 Benefits for the baby 

  •  Babies oxygen levels return to normal after 8 hours of stopping 
  •  Growth improves after 48 hours of stopping  
  •  Baby less likely to suffer breathing problems, asthma, wheezing, glue ear or be hospitalized  
  •  More relaxed baby 
  •  Better production and quality of breast milk increasing your chance of successful breast feeding 
  •  Reduces risk of Cot Death  
  •  Reduces risk of Meningitis 

Many women quit smoking during pregnancy and go on to stay smokefree after their baby is born. This is the perfect time to quit, and did you know that you are up to four times more likely to successfully go smokefree with our help and support. It’s never too late to stop smoking and when you do both you and your baby will fell the benefits immediately. 

We can help you get Nicotine Replacement Therapy products, which are free in pregnancy. Also stop smoking medicines don’t have to cost you a fortune as they are available on prescription. To find out more about our free, confidential Rotherham Stop Smoking Service please contact us on 01709 422444.                   

Contact us: 

Yorkshire Smokefree 
Telephone: 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines) 
                  0330 660 1166 (free from mobiles)
Website: www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk  

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