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You know it’s not healthy to smoke, so we don’t even go there. And you probably know lots about trying to quit, so we won’t dwell on that either.
Smoking affects your baby – a lot
But did you know that smoking harms your baby, a lot, since all toxic substances are passed to your baby through the placenta and umbilical cord, and later through the breast milk.
• Carbon monoxide reduces the oxygen in the blood, so your baby gets less oxygen.
• Nicotine contracts the blood vessels in the umbilical cord and placenta, reducing the baby’s supply of nutrients and oxygen.
Smoking can result in premature birth
Mothers who smoke usually give birth early and their babies have a lower birth weight and smaller body organs than babies born to non-smoking mothers.
Pregnancy is an excellent reason for both you and your partner to stop smoking. Children need be protected from tobacco smoke for a number of reasons. For instance, tobacco causes allergies and long-term infections, and there is also a link between smoking and cot death (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
So phone Quitline on 0800 778 778, or talk to your LMC about getting help to quit once and for all, for both of you.
Have you quit smoking? Any advice for other mums trying to give up? Share your story here.
Written by Treasures
Thursday, 9 September 2010 11:25 a.m.
I have just given up too, I did the day I found out I was pregnant last time and have done it again this time, but I really want one!! The best thing to do is think of that little baby who needs the best start to their lungs etc and smoking isn't it. I read an article today too that says if you can kick smoking before week 15 some of the risk factors can be reversed, so it's never too late to try
Sunday, 4 April 2010 12:54 a.m.
I gave up (after smoking for 3 years) as soon as i got the positive blood test back and am very proud of myself. I never wanted to quit before but always said I would when I got pregnant, so when it happened I did it. It was alot easier than I expected, I just took one day at a time and when I felt a craving I would just think about the baby in there! Also I ate a lot of lollies in the first few days (instead of having a smoke I'd have a lolly!)
When I quit my partner was forced to smoke outside. This (and the impending fatherhood) provided motivation for him to quit also. He kicked a 15-year habbit when I was about 14weeks and I'm very proud of him.
My only concern is after I have the baby the stress of a screaming newborn might get too much and I may return to my old habit!
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