Smoking in Pregnancy
There is no safe level of smoking when you are pregnant. Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your baby.
We know that it can be difficult to stop smoking. There is lots of support to help you quit.
You are not in this alone. If you are a smoker ask the people around you to support you while you quit. If your partner smokes they can get support to quit too.
Research shows smokers are 67% more likely to quit if their partner also stops smoking and 36% more likely to quit if a friend stops. Find out more here
Get support from your midwife
As part of your routine antenatal care your midwife will check your CO level with a simple breath test.
It's really important to know if your baby is at risk, because carbon monoxide can seriously damage your baby's health and it will help the midwife to properly manage your pregnancy.
Find other support to stop smoking HERE
How does smoking affect my baby?
All kinds of pregnancy problems including miscarriage, stillbirth, difficult births and premature babies. Babies can be born with breathing problems and many other health conditions can be caused by smoking.
When you smoke you breathe in more than 4,000 chemicals from the cigarette.
The smoke goes from your lungs into your bloodstream. That blood flows to your placenta and umbilical cord, right into your baby's tiny body. This causes your baby to struggle for oxygen.
One of the chemicals found in cigarettes is carbon monoxide, a dangerous chemical that gets into your bloodstream.
This restricts the supply of oxygen that's essential for your baby's healthy growth and development. This causes your baby's tiny heart to pump even harder.