When you're pregnant, everything you put in your body can affect your baby. If you smoke, your baby is exposed to chemicals such as nicotine and carbon monoxide.
If you're a smoker and get pregnant, now is the time to quit. If you're not a smoker, avoid second-hand smoke. If you smoke and aren't pregnant but are thinking about having a baby, make a plan to quit before you try to get pregnant.
If you quit smoking before you become pregnant (or during the first 3 months of your pregnancy), your risk of having a baby with low birth weight is the same as that of a woman who does not smoke. Women who quit later in their pregnancy still reduce the risk of problems for their babies.
It's also important to not go back to smoking after the baby is born and to ask others not to smoke in your home. This will reduce your baby's risk of having breathing problems.
Many programs are available to help pregnant women quit smoking. Ask your doctor or midwife for information on quitting smoking.
Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk of:
If your baby or child is exposed to smoke after birth, he or she will be more prone to illness and breathing problems.
Make a plan for quitting.
If you're ready to quit smoking, congratulations. You are taking an important step for your health and for your baby's health. You can use these websites to find more information about quitting smoking:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah A. Marshall, MD - Family MedicineBrian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral HealthKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Current as ofNovember 21, 2017
Current as of: November 21, 2017
Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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