Quitting smoking when you’re pregnant will make you feel better and give your baby a better start in life. Quitting at any time during your pregnancy reduces the risk of harm to your baby.
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
You may be feeling a lot of pressure to quit. Take some time to think about what the right decision is for you and your baby. The decision is yours but don’t forget there’s a lot of support out there to help you if you want to quit.
Quitting smoking when you’re pregnant will make you feel better and give your baby a better start in life.
Quitting at any time during your pregnancy reduces the risk of harm to your baby.
Planning to quit as early as you can is the decision most health professionals recommend.
Quitline has specially-trained counsellors to help you during your pregnancy, whether you’re ready to quit or if you're not sure. Your midwife and GP can also offer information and support.
The day you quit smoking your body will start to get rid of all the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes.
Every puff you take on a cigarette has an immediate effect on your baby:
When you quit your body can start to get rid of these chemicals and become healthier:
The following are the known increased risks of smoking while pregnant:
In rare cases the life of the baby may be endangered as smoking also increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the risk of the baby dying at, or shortly after, birth.
If you can stop smoking before or during your first three months of pregnancy:
If you stop smoking later in your pregnancy:
There are many benefits of quitting smoking for you and your baby. It might be challenging, but there’s a lot of support available. Remember, quitting early on in pregnancy is best but quitting at any time gives your baby a better chance of a healthy start in life.
For more information, download: Pregnancy, Quitting Smoking and Nicotine Replacement Products