Some of the effects that smoking can have on your baby could include:
- - Complications in pregnancy
- - Stillbirth
- - Your baby being born prematurely
- - Your baby being born underweight
- - Cot death, also called sudden infant death
The good news is that stopping smoking at any stage of pregnancy is beneficial. Even after just 1 day of being smoke-free your baby gets more oxygen.
How Do You Stop Smoking When You're Pregnant?
Ideally, during pregnancy you should stop smoking without using NRT. Stopping completely is by far the best option but if this is not achievable, use NRT, as it doesn’t contain any of the damaging chemicals found in cigarettes. It is a much better option than continuing to smoke and can help relieve cigarette cravings.
Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine in pregnancy.