Quitting smoking is important for your health and the health of your baby.
Quitting smoking is hard because nicotine is highly addictive. The nicotine and other chemicals found in cigarettes can impact the development of a baby. Smoking during pregnancy can affect your baby.
- Baby born too small/early
- SIDS/infant death
- Cleft lip/palate
- Baby may have to stay in the hospital
Some women think they can switch to an e-cigarette or vape while pregnant. E-cigarettes and other products containing nicotine are not safe to use during pregnancy. Nicotine can damage a baby’s brain and lungs. The flavoring in e-cigarettes may also harm the baby.
Secondhand smoke can affect a baby after it is born
If your baby is around someone who smokes, they are likely to have:
- more ear infections
- more asthma attacks
- more coughs and chest colds
Benefits of quitting
- Your baby will get more food and oxygen
- Your baby will grow better
- Your baby’s lungs will work better
- Your baby will have a better chance of being born alive and healthy
- You will be less likely to miscarry
- Your energy level will increase a short time after quitting
- You and your baby will be more likely to leave the hospital together
- Your food will taste better
- You will save money