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Pregnancy really is the perfect time to stop smoking. It’s good for you, it's good for your baby and it’s a great way to save money.
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Stop smoking services help hundreds of women, just like you, to kick the habit. Our advisors will chat to you about your smoking and work out the best plan for you. This could include free nicotine replacement if you need it and as much, or as little ongoing support as you want.
To see the real benefits of stopping smoking for you and your baby, read on.
In the know
We know, for some people, quitting can be difficult. But it really is worth it, for both you and your baby.
Here are some facts about the risks of smoking while you are pregnant…
Risks to your unborn baby
Every time you smoke it’s like locking your baby in a smoke filled room, with over 4,000 harmful chemicals. Chemicals which can cause a miscarriage, premature birth and still birth.
Risks to your child
Risks to your child can include:
Increased chance of having a cleft lip/palate
Ear nose and throat problems
Diabetes and meningitis
Risks to you
It’s not just your baby, smoking when pregnant is bad for you too. It can make your morning sickness even worse and lead to dangerous complications during pregnancy. It also puts you at greater risk of getting heart disease and some cancers.
Know the benefits
The great thing about quitting is that you will feel the benefits from the moment you stop, and that feeling will keep getting better.
Your blood pressure will return to normal after just twenty minutes.
You'll be able to get more oxygen in your body, which can make labour a lot easier for you.
You'll feel less sick during your pregnancy.
The risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth and cot death are all reduced, and you'll be at less risk of heart disease and cancer.
If that wasn't enough, your clothes and hair will smell cleaner, your skin will look better and you'll save loads of money. People who smoke 20 a day could save over £2,800 a year by quitting smoking. That’s the equivalent of a very nice holiday. See how much you could save with our calculator
Smoking can make you feel guilty and worry a lot about harm to your baby, once you quit you will be free from worrying and feeling guilty.