Smoking and pregnancy
Is something inside you telling you to stop smoking?
Good for you. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. Every cigarette contains more than 4,000 chemicals. It’s no wonder smoking when you’re pregnant can harm your unborn baby.
If you’re pregnant, there’ll never be a better time to quit smoking for good.
Smoking isn’t just harmful to your body - the side effects it could have on your baby include:
- Complications in pregnancy
- Your baby being born prematurely
- Your baby being born underweight
- Cot death, also called Sudden Infant Death
But the really good news is that stopping smoking at any stage of pregnancy has can have immediate benefits.
How Do You Stop Smoking When You're Pregnant?
Giving up is a great thing to do. But it’s also a tough thing to do. It’s best if you can do it without using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). But some people do may need extra help from NRT, like nicotine gum and patches.
NRT works by giving you lower amounts of the addictive substance in cigarettes: nicotine – without any of the damaging chemicals. But medicines can still affect an unborn baby, so always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking NRT.
If NRT isn’t for you, that’s okay. There are other things that can help you quit smoking. Try working out the things that make you crave a cigarette and then find ways to avoid those triggers . Or try doing exercise to keep yourself busy. It can also help you get rid of some the stresses of quitting – so that’s a win-win.
We’ve put together a list of top 10 quit smoking tips to help you on your journey to quit for good. Take a read and, if you have any more questions, do get in touch. We’re here for you every step of the way.