Smoking and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can come with challenges.

Often that challenge is quitting smoking. But why is it so important to quit?

There are over 2,000 chemicals in every puff of a cigarette. Each puff you smoke exposes your unborn baby to these chemicals. The amount of oxygen and nutrients your baby receives is lowered, which can cause problems.

Smoking increases your risk of:

  • Having a baby born too soon or too small
  • Miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Having a baby with health, learning, or behavioral problems

Keep in mind.

It’s never too early to quit. Almost half of all pregnancies are not planned. Most pregnancies are not discovered until you are 6-12 weeks along, old enough for some organs to begin forming.

Second-hand smoke, the smoke exhaled by smokers and off the burning end of a cigarette, is dangerous to you and your unborn baby. Second-hand smoke contains 4,000 chemical, 60 of which are known to cause cancer. Exposure to second-hand smoke can cause health problems in you AND your unborn baby.

No amount of smoking is “safe”.

There is FREE help to quit. If you are pregnant and you need help quitting, contact Healthy Start at 941-861-2905 to get help.

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