Now that you're pregnant, quitting smoking has never been more important for both you and your baby.
The good news is that you don't have to do it alone. CAMQUIT has a team of specialist stop smoking advisors who can help you make the change. You'll receive friendly and non-judgmental support from a specialist Smoking in Pregnancy (SIP) advisor who will have an understanding of the issues you may experience while quitting smoking.
Smoking during pregnancy is bad for both you and your baby. Alongside the well-known dangers of smoking, such as lung cancer and heart disease, smoking whilst pregnant increases the risks of having:
- a miscarriage (NICE 2010)
- complications, including bleeding and problems with the placenta (NICE 2008), which can reduce the oxygen and nutrients to the baby
- a premature labour (NICE 2010)
- a baby with a low birth weight (NICE 2010)
- a baby who is stillborn (NICE 2010)
In addition, smoking while you're pregnant can increase the risk of all sorts of health problems for your baby as he/she grows:
- wheezy coughs
- problems with hyperactivity and attention
- behavioural issues
CAMQUIT can provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to help support you with your quit attempts. NRT is:
- Safer than continuing to smoke in pregnancy
- Prescribed following a risk and benefit assessment
- Doubles a person’s chance of quitting smoking
- Delivers lower doses of nicotine than a cigarette
- Curbs cravings and withdrawal symptoms
Stopping smoking in pregnancy is the best thing you can do for your baby.