Smoking and Pregnancy

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your baby’s health, growth and development. By stopping you will reduce the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and cot death. Babies born to smokers will also have nicotine withdrawal symptoms making them more irritable and harder to settle.

It is never too late to stop smoking during your pregnancy. New Leaf has a dedicated team of specially trained advisors to help you. We also have over 60 sessions in Nottingham and offer support during the day time, evenings and weekends or we can support you over the phone. You are four times more likely to stop smoking with support from New Leaf.

Common myths about smoking and pregnancy:

Giving up smoking will make me stressed-isn’t this more harmful for baby?

Smoking is much more damaging to baby and craving for a cigarette can increase stress levels. Non-Smokers normally have lower stress levels so hopefully by stopping smoking this will bring your stress levels down.

Won’t having a small baby will make labour easier?

No, because although smoking can affect birth weight resulting in a smaller baby, the size of baby’s head does not change. Therefore, having a smaller baby will not make giving birth easier.

I am already a few months pregnant – isn’t it too late to stop now?

Smoking restricts the flow of oxygen to babies which makes their hearts beat harder and faster. As soon as you stop smoking, oxygen levels return to normal so the benefits of stopping smoking for both you and baby are immediate.

Is it safe to use nicotine replacement therapy in pregnancy? 

It’s great if you can stop smoking without using anything. However, if you feel that you need some help, using nicotine replacement therapy is the next best thing. Nicotine replacement therapy only contains nicotine and does not contain other harmful chemicals such as carbon monoxide and tar.

For help with stopping smoking call 0800 561 2121 or text the word ‘NEW’ to 80800.