27.05.2015

Nhs facts about pregnancy

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The risks of smoking during pregnancy are serious, from premature delivery to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or sudden infant death. Your baby's tiny body is completely dependent on yours, so if you smoke throughout your pregnancy, your baby will go through nicotine withdrawal once it is born.
Smoking while you are pregnant also increases the risk of your baby dying from cot death by at least 25%.
Second-hand smoke is very dangerous for anyone exposed to it, but it is particularly dangerous for children - read the facts here. However, little is known about any potential risks of e-cigarette vapour to your baby and mums-to-be are therefore recommended to use one of the licensed stop smoking medications such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help reduce any withdrawal symptoms when quitting smoking. For more information get in touch with us, or you can find lots of tips and advice for a healthy pregnancy at Start4Life.


Most pregnant women can use NRT, but it is important to talk with your doctor or midwife first. Our trained advisers understand the issues involved during pregnancy and can give you confidential advice.
Read about the effects smoking has on your body and find out how your body recovers once you quit.
Start4Life provides health advice to pregnant women and new mothers, including tips to support and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. By now the face is slowly forming, and the eyes are more obvious and have some colour in them. By about 32 weeks the baby is usually lying with its head pointing downwards, ready for birth. They can also send you a free information pack and tell you about your nearest Stop Smoking Service.


You can ask your midwife, GP or pharmacy team for more information, or get in touch with your local NHS Stop Smoking Service. You can chat to one of our friendly advisers online, or share your experiences and tips with other people who are quitting smoking by visiting our Facebook page. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the NHS Direct Wales website. Nearly half of pregnant women who set a quit date with their local Stop Smoking Service go on to quit successfully.



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