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Stopping smoking in pregnancy

If you or your partner are expecting a baby, you’ve probably been told that you need to stop smoking. Our friendly team are here to help you, every step of the way.

We’ve got a special NHS team who are dedicated to helping pregnant women and their partners to go smokefree. We have lots of experience of helping pregnant women and their families to quit smoking. No lectures, just straight-forward, honest help, when you need it most.

We can prescribe free patches or gum to help you through the difficult days - these are perfectly safe to use throughout your pregnancy.

Talk to your midwife or just give us a call and we’ll let you know about all the support on offer in your area.

How does smoking affect unborn babies?
When you inhale smoke you also take tar, Carbon Monoxide (CO) a poisonous gas and 4,000 chemicals into your lungs. The CO gets into your blood stream and stops oxygen (up to 20%) from getting in. Oxygen is needed by babies to grow. A lack of oxygen causes many problems. Babies deprived of oxygen will be weaker and less developed. Ask your GP, Midwife or Health Visitor for more details.

I’m already pregnant, isn’t the damage done?
Smoking is harmful at all stages of pregnancy, not just in the first few weeks. The good news is that your baby becomes healthier the moment you stop smoking. Your body starts to recover, CO leaves the blood stream quickly and your baby gets more of the oxygen it needs to grow.

Pregnancy is a great time to give up smoking. Many women do and almost half who stop during pregnancy stay stopped. If you gave up before you became pregnant – congratulations! If you are now thinking of stopping then call us now or get in touch via the contact form below.

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Get in touch

By phone

Call us now on 0300 123 1220 or text 'quit' to 87023.

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