Smoking during a pregnancy affects your health and the health of your child – both before and after the baby is born.
Nicotine, carbon monoxide and thousands of other harmful chemicals are released into your body each time you use tobacco. These chemicals travel through your bloodstream straight to the baby and can lead to health problems including miscarriages, premature birth, birth defects and even infant death.
Pregnancy and Smoking
While quitting is hard, cutting out tobacco is one of the best ways to keep your baby healthy.
Benefits of quitting during a pregnancy include:
Exposing your baby to secondhand smoke is extremely dangerous. Secondhand smoke can increase your child’s chance of developing allergies, asthma, heart disease and even cancer.
By quitting you:
Pregnant and Trying to Quit?
The Colorado QuitLine has a special program to help pregnant women quit smoking during pregnancy and stay tobacco-free after the baby is born. This free program provides:
Additionally, Baby and Me Tobacco Free is a national program aimed at reducing tobacco use among pregnant and post-partum women. For help finding your local Baby and Me Tobacco Free program, click here.