The quicker you decide to stop smoking the better it is for you and your baby. Whatever you smoke your baby smokes too! Cigarettes have over 4000 chemicals which include carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen that your baby will receive and it also damages the placenta which helps keep your baby alive.
Smoking during pregnancy causes up to 2,200 premature births, 5,000 miscarriages and 300 perinatal deaths every year in the U.K. It also increases the risk of developing respiratory conditions, learning difficulties and ear, nose and throat problems.
If you are pregnant and want help to stop smoking we have trained specialist pregnancy advisors at hand to provide you with the best support and advice to help you stop smoking.