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Smoking

Smoking

Outlook for Mother and Baby
Most people know that smoking causes cancer and other major health problems. Smoking while you’re pregnant can cause serious problems, too. Your baby could be born too early, have a birth defect, or die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Even being around cigarette smoke can cause health problems for you and your baby.

It’s best to quit smoking before you get pregnant. But if you’re already pregnant, quitting can still help protect you and your baby from health problems. It’s never too late to quit smoking.

If you smoked and had a healthy pregnancy in the past, there’s no guarantee that your next pregnancy will be healthy. When you smoke during pregnancy, you put your health and your baby’s health at risk.

Are E-cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes?
E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Products containing nicotine are not safe to use during pregnancy. Nicotine is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies.  Some of the flavorings used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to a developing baby. 

Quitting smoking will help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.  If you need help quitting, talk with your obstetrician or other health care provider.  Or call the National Smoker's Quit Line at (800) QUIT-NOW

Did you know?

  • Nicotine is only one of 4,000 toxic chemicals in cigarettes?
  • Second-hand smoke can cause growth problems for your fetus and increase your baby's risk of SIDS.

When you stop smoking:

  • Your baby gets more oxygen, even after just 1 day.
  • Your baby will grow better.
  • You will be less likely to develop heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, lung disease and other smoking-related diseases.

Risks for you:

  • Ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside of the uterus)
  • Problems with the placenta
  • Problems with your thyroid
  • Water breaking too early

Risks for the fetus:

  • Delayed growth
  • Higher chance of being born too early
  • Permanent brain and lung damage
  • Higher risk of stillbirth

Risks for your newborn:

  • Smaller size at birth
  • Colic with uncontrollable crying
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Development of obesity and asthma during childhood