Smoking in Pregnancy

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Smoking in Pregnancy
If you smoke it is very important to stop as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

Lots of help and support is available to help you give up, and you and your baby will notice the benefits immediately.

Smoking damages your health, and if you do it while pregnant it can seriously harm your baby too. Premature birth, low birth weight, and breathing problems/wheezing in the first six months of life are some of the health problems your baby could experience, and in some cases it can lead to a miscarriage or cot death. By giving up smoking, you will have less morning sickness and fewer complications in your pregnancy and your baby will have a healthier start in life.

It is also important to remember that second hand smoke contains poisonous gases, tar and thousands of toxic chemicals which are harmful to you and your baby's health so try to encourage others to give up smoking around you.

Support

There is plenty of support to help people give and stay non-smokers.

The NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline 0800 1699 169 is a confidential support service. A specially trained person will listen to your needs and advise ways for you to quit. You can also receive a special information pack.

Local NHS Stop Smoking Services are available throughout the UK. Special help is available for pregnant mums and their partners who are finding it difficult to give up. To find out where your local service is, call the NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 9 169 or visit the Givingupsmoking website.

April 2011

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