Smoking

Smoking during pregnancy

Smoking is bad for you, your partner and especially for your baby. The truth is that every cigarette you smoke harms your baby.

The sooner you stop the better but we know that it is difficult. If you stop smoking at any stage during your pregnancy this will benefit you and your baby. There is plenty of help, advice and support available to help you stop and you may be able to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Speak to your Doctor, Pharmacist or Midwife for advice. There is also an NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline 0800 169 9169.

For more information about smoking and pregnancy and how to break the habit, visit the NHS Smokefree website by clicking here.

We advise that pregnant women do not use electronic cigarettes (E-Cigs) as these contain chemicals that are potentially harmful to you and the baby. As an unlicensed product the content of E-Cigarettes’ is not regulated and they contain nicotine and a range of chemicals.

Smoking after your baby arrives

Smoking near your baby is harmful and can increase the risk of ‘cot death’. Giving up smoking is the single most effective thing you can do to improve yourself and your baby’s health. If you stop smoking while you are breastfeeding this will benefit you and your baby. If you would like help giving up then click here for support in your area.

It is still worth breastfeeding even if you continue to smoke but try to restrict smoking until after you have fed your baby to minimise the amount of nicotine that reaches your blood stream. Nicotine passes into breast milk and can reduce your milk supply and cause colic.