Stop Smoking for Pregnancy and Beyond

It’s no secret that smoking and pregnancy are not a good combination. Congratulations for prioritizing yourself and your baby. Fortunately you'll have a lot more energy, breathe a lot easier and improve your health and the health of those around you.

Good things for your BABY during pregnancy

  • Your baby will be healthier and get more oxygen.
  • Your baby is less likely to be born too soon.
  • Your baby is not exposed to the nearly 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke.

Good things for YOU during pregnancy

  • You will be healthier and get more oxygen.
  • You reduce your chance of problems while giving birth to your baby.
  • You will save money that you can spend on other things.
  • Your clothes, car and house will smell better.
  • Food will smell and taste better.

Good things for your NEWBORN

  • Your baby won’t be exposed to the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke.
  • Your baby is less likely to remain in the hospital after you go home.
  • Your baby is less likely to have asthma, colds, ear infections and wheezing problems.

What are the dangers if you don’t stop?

  • Smoking during pregnancy slows the baby’s growth and may result in low birth weight.
  • There is a higher risk of problems or miscarriage.
  • Infants are more likely to die of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • Each year 8,000 to 26,000 new cases of asthma are diagnosed as a result of mothers who smoke.
  • Infants exposed to secondhand smoke are at a higher risk for pneumonia, bronchitis and ear infection.
  • On your quit date, throw out all of your cigarettes, ashtrays, matches, lighters and anything else that is associated with smoking.
  • Tell your friends and family that you are going to stop smoking and ask for their support.
  • Have your house and car cleaned from any remnants of thirdhand smoke.

How you can stay smoke-free after your baby is born

  • Pick a quit date and stick to it.
  • Keep your list of reasons why you wanted to stop smoking with you at all times.
  • Reward yourself regularly for having stopped smoking.
  • NEVER take even a puff of another cigarette. You can’t have “just one”.
  • Don’t hold or buy cigarettes for others.
  • Avoid dangerous situations such as boredom, alcohol and stress.
  • When these situations do occur, have a plan on how you will deal with them without smoking.
  • Think of yourself as a non-smoker.
  • Don’t rationalize that the danger to your baby has passed now that you are no longer pregnant. The poisons in secondhand smoke are equally dangerous to your infant.
  • If you do slip and have another cigarette, remember that it’s just as easy to “get back on track”.

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