Smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can do while pregnant. Smoking while pregnant can cause a variety of health problems in both you and your baby.
How does smoking affect the health of me and my baby?
Smoking while pregnant can cause:
- Premature birth
- Birth defects, such as cleft lip or cleft palate
- Infant death, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Difficulty conceiving
- Problems with the placenta, such as separation from the womb
How many women smoke while pregnant?
In 2011, about 10% of women smoked during the last three months of their pregnancy. Of those women that smoked before their pregnancy, 55% quit during their pregnancy, and 40% relapsed after giving birth.
Why should I quit smoking?
By quitting smoking, you will increase the health of both you and your baby. Benefits include:
- Your baby will receive more oxygen.
- There is less of a risk of premature birth.
- There is a better chance of your baby coming home from the hospital with you.
- You will be less likely to develop smoking-related illnesses.
- You will be able to breathe easier.
- You will save money.
- You will feel good about what you did for yourself and your baby.
How does secondhand smoke affect my baby? How can I avoid secondhand smoke?
For information on the effects of secondhand smoke and how you can avoid it, click here.
Nevada Tobacco Quitline is a FREE phone counseling service available to smokers aged 13 or over who want to stop smoking. Your quit coach will help you make a schedule so you can quit using tobacco. Adults over 18 may qualify for FREE tobacco replacement therapy. To find out more, click here.