Benefits of Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy
- Increases the amount of oxygen baby will get.
- Lowers the risk that baby will be born too early.
- Increases your chances of having a healthy baby.
- Increases the chances your baby will come home from the hospital with you.
- Gives you more energy and helps you breathe easier.
- Saves you money you can spend on other things.
- Makes your clothes, hair, and home smell better.
- Lets you feel good about what you've done for yourself and your baby.
- Secondhand smoke is the smoke breathed out by the smoker.
- Secondhand smoke has many harmful chemicals which are known to cause cancer. The chemicals may affect you and your unborn baby.
- Secondhand smoke can irritate your lungs and may stop oxygen from reaching your placenta, which then reduces baby's oxygen supply.
- Secondhand smoke can also be harmful to your baby after delivery. Secondhand smoke puts infants at risk for premature birth, death, allergies, asthma, ear infections, and other illnesses.
- If people in your home are unable to quit, ask them to go outside while they smoke.
Every day that you don't smoke gives your baby a healthier start on life.
- "I Can Quit" Helpline (free quit smoking, coaching hotline) 800.80.QIT (7848). Provides a personal health coach for up to seven sessions, free Quit Kit and Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
- Michigan Expectant Mother's Quit Kit (free). To obtain a kit call 248.424.7128.
- Oakland County Health Division has public health nurses available to make home visits and assist you with having a healthy pregnancy. For more information call 248.858.1406 or Toll Free at 800.-848.5533.