National No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March, expectant mothers in Rotherham
are being urged to give up smoking to improve the health of their unborn child.
can have a number of effects on the body and can increase the risk of
developing more than 50 serious health conditions, with smoking accounting for
70% of cases of lung cancer.
pregnant women, smoking puts the unborn child’s life at risk, as well as their
own. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of complications such as
miscarriage, premature birth, a low weight baby and stillbirth.
cigarette contains more than 4,000 chemicals which can restrict essential oxygen
from reaching the baby. This causes the baby’s heart to beat faster every time
the mother smokes.
born, children whose parents smoke are also more likely to suffer with asthma
and other serious illnesses that may require admission to hospital.
smoking can also have implications for both babies and their mothers. Second
hand smoke can reduce the baby’s birth weight and increase the risk of sudden
infant death (cot death). Babies whose parents smoke are more likely to be
admitted to hospital in their first year for bronchitis or pneumonia.
Griffith, Smoking in Pregnancy Lead Midwife at The Rotherham NHS Foundation
Trust, says, “Giving up smoking as early as possible in pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for your child.
Every time you smoke, the baby is starved of oxygen which can have serious
implications on their health.
isn’t just a mother smoking that can harm a baby, if anyone else in the same
property smokes, it can also have an impact.
are services and treatments available to help anyone give up smoking. Pregnant
women can get help, advice and support from the antenatal clinic based in
Greenoaks at Rotherham Hospital, their Community Midwife or they can
contact the Stop Smoking in Pregnancy service on 01709 424058. Get Healthy
Rotherham are also available to support anyone else in their efforts to quit.”
information about the effects of smoking can be found on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk