Smoking & Pregnancy
If you are planning to have a baby, quitting smoking will help you have a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.
Pregnancy is the best time to quit smoking for good
We know that it can be difficult to quit smoking. But we also know that you want to give your baby the best possible start in life. Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to improve your baby’s health, growth and development.
Benefits of Quitting
Quitting smoking can be the best decision you’ve ever made for your health and your unborn baby. Every cigarette you smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals.
Protecting Your Baby
Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it’s never too late to quit.
Trying to Conceive
Quitting smoking can improve your chance of becoming pregnant. Smoking reduces fertility in both women and men and can increase the length of time it takes to get pregnant.
BEFORE OR DURING PREGNANCY
Benefits of Quitting
There are lots of reasons to stop smoking. You could save money, see health benefits immediately, and feel better about yourself!
Within a month of quitting your lungs heal and you will stop coughing.
Taste & Smell
Nerves in your tongue heal, and your sense of taste and smell return to normal.
Risk of Heart Disease
If you quit smoking for a year, your risk of coronary heart disease will be cut in half, and it will continue to decrease.
Smoking costs as much as £2000 a year for the average smoker that smokes 10 cigarettes a day.
Protecting Your Baby
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the last thing on your mind probably is smoking cigarettes. You may be surprised to learn that smoking during pregnancy is even worse than it was when you were a teenager or an adult. Smoking while pregnant can lead to serious health problems for both mother and child. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why it’s so important not to smoke while you’re expecting:
Smoking during pregnancy can cause low birth weight
In addition to the risks of smoking during pregnancy, there is an increased risk for a low birth weight. This can lead to a higher chance of infant mortality, as well as chronic health problems in childhood. Babies with low birth weights are more likely to have lower IQ and academic achievement.
Early exposure to tobacco can cause asthma in children
In addition to smoking during pregnancy, there is an increased risk of low birth weight. This can lead to a higher chance of infant mortality, as well as chronic health problems in childhood. Babies with low birth weights are likelier to have lower IQ and academic achievement.
Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of ectopic pregnancies
An ectopic pregnancy is when the egg implants outside of the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. Because it can cause serious damage to your baby, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible if you think you may have an ectopic pregnancy.
Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to have premature babies
Smoking during pregnancy can cause premature birth. Premature birth is when the baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, and it’s not uncommon for babies born prematurely to develop health problems. Of course, some babies are born early for reasons beyond their control—their mothers may have had complications during pregnancy, or the delivery could have been difficult for one reason or another. But if you’re a smoker and you give birth prematurely, there may be an added risk that your child will develop health issues as they grow up because of how their lungs developed in the womb.
Smoking while pregnant could raise your risk of a miscarriage
One of the most serious risks associated with smoking during pregnancy is miscarriage. Smokers are two times as likely to miscarry compared to nonsmokers, according to the Royal College of Midwives. Smoking also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy.
Smoking while pregnant may increase your risk of stillbirth
The risks of smoking during pregnancy are high. Smoking during pregnancy can cause low birth weight, increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies, and increase your chances of premature babies. In addition to these health risks for your baby, it’s also harmful for you as well.
Babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are twice as likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome
Babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are twice as likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is a leading cause of death in infants under 1-year-old, claiming 2,500 lives per year. According to the CDC, this number has remained fairly constant since 1992.
We’re here to help
After a specialist consultation with one of our advisors, we can help find a treatment option that is right for you; making it even easier to quit smoking and beat the cravings.
E-cigs are a good alternative to beating smoking cigarettes. Switching from smoking to e-cigarette use (vaping) reduces the risks of smoking by at least 95%.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), include patches, gum, lozenges, micro tabs, inhalators and nasal sprays to help you quit smoking.
Champix (varenicline) is a prescription-only medicine which can significantly increase your chances of successfully quitting smoking.