I'm pregnant with my first child. But I'm worried because I've been a smoker since college and am afraid I won't be able to quit. How could smoking affect the pregnancy?
You wouldn't light a cigarette, put it in your baby's mouth, and encourage your little one to puff away. As ridiculous as that sounds, pregnant women who continue to smoke are allowing their fetus to smoke too. The smoking mother passes nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other chemicals to her growing baby.
If a pregnant woman smokes, it could cause:
As hard as quitting can be, it's vital to stop smoking as soon as possible. Talk to your doctor about options for quitting. Not only will you be keeping your unborn baby healthier, you'll also be well on your way to being healthier yourself!
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: August 2015
|TobaccoFree.org This site includes links to online anti-smoking resources.|
|QuitNet QuitNet offers tips, tools, and help for those who want to quit smoking.|
|Smokefree.gov This site contains facts and information about how to quit smoking.|
|American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) This site offers information on numerous health issues. The women's health section includes readings on pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum care, breast health, menopause, contraception, and more.|
|The National Partnership for Smoke-Free Families Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson, this program offers information and advice on helping pregnant smokers quit.|
|Pregnancy on Womenshealth.gov Helping pregnant women learn what they can do before, during, and after pregnancy to give babies a healthy start to life.|
|Pregnancy Precautions: FAQs Questions regarding what you can and can't do during pregnancy abound. Knowing what could truly be harmful to your baby versus what's no real cause for concern is key to keeping your sanity throughout the 40 weeks.|
|Pregnancy & Newborn Center Advice and information for expectant and new parents.|
|Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can help reduce your infant's risk.|
|Miscarriages Miscarriages are common, and in most cases aren't preventable. But you can take steps to increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy.|
|Staying Healthy During Pregnancy During your pregnancy, you'll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you - read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.|
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