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There are lots of reasons to give up smoking if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.

Smoking during pregnancy can increase the risk of

  • Miscarriage

  • Premature labour

  • Still birth

  • Poor growth and low birth weight

  • Breathing problems as a result of damage to the airways

  • Increased risk cot death

Risks to children who grow up in a home where one or more parents smoke are at increased risk of

  • Coughs and colds

  • Asthma

  • Chest infections

  • Meningitis

  • ‘Glue ear’ and hearing difficulties

  • Lung cancer as an adult

The most damaging effects of smoking in pregnancy occur between 4 and 9 months, so the best time to stop smoking is in the first 3 months.

The Wandsworth Stop Smoking service has a dedicated person to support you in quitting smoking whilst you are pregnant. The service offers drop in clinics and group sessions to provide advice, support and encouragement to help you become smoke free.

Click here for Wandsworth smoking cessation clinics.

Dads can also help their partners to become smoke free by

  • Being sympathetic and supportive whilst she gives up smoking

  • Removing any reminders of smoking from around the house

  • Not smoking around her

  • Asking friends and family not to smoke around her

For more information about how to become smoke free contact

The Wandsworth Stop Smoking Service on 0800-389-7921
or
NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 9 169
Or visit
wwww.smokefree.nhs.uk/questions/smoking-and-pregnancy

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