Know the truth…
There are lots of myths about smoking while pregnant. Here are some of the most common ones, and the real truth.
"Smoking will make my baby smaller and the birth easier."
A smaller, weaker baby will not make giving birth easier. In fact, having a small/premature baby can lead to serious complications and you may have to stay in hospital longer.
"If I quit I'll put weight on."
The best way to avoid weight gain is to make sure you eat healthy snacks. Also, you could go out for a walk, instead of a smoke, which will make both you and your baby feel healthier and happier.
"Smoking stops me being stressed."
Quitting can be stressful at first, yes. But every time you smoke, it actually puts more stress on your body, and your baby.
"I smoked during my last pregnancy/My mum smoked and I'm ok."
Maybe you were one of the lucky ones. Smoking when pregnant really is dangerous, and is thought to be the cause of 40% of baby deaths.
"I'm three months pregnant already, so it's too late to quit."
It’s never too late. Even stopping in the last few weeks of pregnancy can benefit you and your child. But the sooner you stop, the more your baby will benefit.
"Smoking is my me time."
Quitting is difficult, we know. Why not use the money you save to treat yourself – after your first smoke free day, week and month. At the end of one year you could even save enough for a holiday. See how much you could save with our calculator
"I'll just cut down instead of quitting."
It’s a start, but it won’t protect your baby from the harmful effects and the strain on their heart.
"E-cigs are better - I'll use them instead"
The safety of e-cigarettes has not been tested and they still contain nicotine and harmful toxic effects. So it’s better to quit using licensed medicines.
"I'll use Niche Tobacco instead, like Shisha or Paan"
Shisha smoking is just as harmful to your baby as smoking cigarettes. Even Paan Leaf contains elements that can cause cancer.