I’m Pregnant

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: 
  • Increasing the flow of oxygen to your baby. 
  • Cutting the risk of premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Decreasing the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) after birth. 
Secondhand Smoke and Babies

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: 
  • Lower your child’s risk of ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • Reduce the chance your child will be diagnosed with asthma.
To protect children from secondhand smoke, never allow anyone to smoke in the home or car or near the child. People who smoke should wash the tobacco residue from their hands before picking up the child. 

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: 
  • Up to nine personal coaching calls (with the same coach) during pregnancy and after delivery.
  • Text messages for additional support.
  • Rewards to purchase items for you and the baby.
Call 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1.800.784.8669) or click here

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.