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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