Now that you're pregnant, quitting smoking has never been more important for both you and your baby. There is no safe level of smoking for anyone but if you continue to smoke while you are pregnant you’ll be putting your baby at serious risk of a premature delivery, at increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or sudden infant death (also known as cot death).
In addition, smoking while you're pregnant can increase the risk of all sorts of health problems for your baby as he/she grows:
problems with hyperactivity and attention
The good news is that you don't have to do it alone. The Redbridge Stop Smoking Service 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 stop smoking Practitioner who will have an understanding of the issues you may experience while quitting smoking.
Redbridge Stop Smoking Service 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.
Your Midwife will ask you about your smoking status at your first appointment and all smokers will automatically be referred for quit support. Pregnant smokers are encouraged to self-refer at any time during their pregnancy.
It is never too late to quit and now is the time. You may have tried before, and maybe you didn’t succeed, but don’t give up! According to recent research you are three times more likely to stop smoking if you get help.
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