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Stop smoking in pregnancy

Stop smoking in pregnancy

Jul 11 isaac zeiler
Stopping Smoking During Pregnancy

Stopping Smoking During Pregnancy

Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it's never too late to quit.

Health Risks of Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy exposes the fetus to over 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes, many of which can compromise the baby’s development and lead to health issues. These include:

  • Reduced oxygen supply, making the baby's heart work harder.
  • Increased risk of complications during pregnancy and birth.
  • Higher likelihood of the baby being born prematurely, underweight, or with respiratory problems.
  • Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Benefits of Quitting

Stopping smoking during pregnancy brings immediate health benefits to both the mother and the baby, such as:

  • Reduced risk of pregnancy complications.
  • A healthier gestation and a reduced chance of the baby being born prematurely.
  • Lower risk of the baby developing health problems after birth.

Methods to Quit Smoking

Various methods are available to help quit smoking:

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT): Includes patches, gum, lozenges, inhalators, nasal sprays, mouth sprays, oral strips, and microtabs. NRT provides nicotine without the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, which is safer for both mother and baby.
  • Smokeless Inhaler from CIGTRUS: This device offers an alternative way to satisfy nicotine cravings without the harmful effects of smoking tobacco. It mimics the act of smoking but without burning tobacco, reducing exposure to tar and carbon monoxide.
  • Counseling and Support: Accessing support through the National Smokefree helpline or local stop smoking services significantly increases the chances of successfully quitting.

Avoiding Secondhand Smoke

Exposure to secondhand smoke can also negatively affect the baby’s health, increasing the risk of low birth weight and SIDS. It’s beneficial for all household members to quit smoking or at least ensure they do not smoke near the pregnant woman.

Resources

National Smokefree Helpline: Offers free advice and support for quitting smoking. Available at 0300 123 1044, with hours from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm on weekends.

Local Stop Smoking Services: Provide tailored support and access to quit-smoking resources.

Quitting smoking is a significant challenge, particularly during pregnancy, but it's a deeply beneficial decision for both mother and child. Seeking support from professionals and utilizing available resources can greatly increase the chances of success.

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