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Smoking During Pregnancy

Quitting smoking is important for your health and the health of your baby.

  • Smoking during pregnancy is estimated to account for 20 to 30 percent of low-birth weight babies, up to 14 percent of pre-term deliveries, and 10 percent of all infant deaths
  • In 2001, 11.9 percent of babies born to smokers in the United States were of low birth weight, compared to 7.3 percent of babies of non-smokers
  • Low birth weight could be reduced by 17-26 percent by eliminating smoking during pregnancy
  • Infants of mothers who smoke during and after pregnancy are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) compared to infants whose mothers do not smoke
  • If all pregnant women in the United States stopped smoking, there would be an estimated 10 percent reduction in infant deaths
  • Infants exposed to smoke have more ear infections and lung problems, including upper respiratory infections.
  • Quitting at any time during pregnancy can help women have a healthier baby, be a good role model, have more money, be healthier, have better-smelling clothes, breath, and hair and better skin.

Benefits of quitting

  • Your baby will get more food and oxygen
  • Your baby will grow better
  • Your baby’s lungs will work better
  • Your baby will have a better chance of being born alive and healthy
  • You will be less likely to miscarry
  • Your energy level will increase a short time after quitting
  • You and your baby will be more likely to leave the hospital together
  • Your food will taste better
  • You will save money

Quitting Methods

  • Cold turkey-not recommended when pregnant unless otherwise advised by doctor
  • Tapering
  • Medication: Do not take without talking to your doctor first!

For help quitting, call the Utah Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit waytoquit.org

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