Smoking and Pregnancy
Smoking before, during or after pregnancy can cause serious health problems for you and your baby.
- Smoking reduces a woman’s chance of getting pregnant and can lead to problems during your pregnancy.
- Tobacco smoke damages the tissues of an unborn baby’s growing brain and lungs.
- Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, premature delivery (when a baby is born too early) and miscarriage.
Exposure to secondhand smoke at any age can be extremely harmful.
- Babies and children around secondhand smoke are more likely to wheeze, and get serious illnesses like bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections,or asthma. Their lungs don’t work as well, either.
- Babies who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- For children who have asthma, breathing secondhand smoke can trigger an attack. Severe asthma attacks can be fatal to children.
Your health matters to your baby, too.
- Smoking can cause sudden cardiac death (where the heart stops beating) and strokes in women.
- Smoking increases the risk of dying of heart disease.
- Smoking can take years off of your life.
- Women who smoke will look older before their time, have more wrinkles, and will have a much harder time staying in shape because of breathing.
Smoking isn’t worth the risk. You and your baby can live healthier lives.
The Vermont Quit Network is here to help with free support specially designed for you. If you are pregnant and on Medicaid, you can get free counseling from your doctor’s office. Talk to your doctor today.