Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your baby. Your midwife, practice nurse or doctor, will usually ask if you smoke and advise you to stop smoking. Sometimes they will offer you a carbon monoxide test – the test is easy – you just blow into a cardboard tube and you get the result instantly.
Every time you smoke a cigarette the toxins in the smoke travel in your blood and into your baby. Smoking not only damages your health but the health of your baby. If you smoke during pregnancy you increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and cot death. The carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke reduces your oxygen supply and the oxygen supply to your baby.
Even if you’ve smoked during the first few months of pregnancy, you should quit now as smoking is harmful to your baby’s growth and development.
The good news is that it is never too late to stop smoking. Once you stop smoking you and your baby will benefit immediately, your oxygen supply will quickly return to normal.
If you quit smoking by the 15th week of your pregnancy the risk of your baby being born prematurely or having a low birth weight is the same as that of a non-smoker.
Your midwife, practice nurse and doctor are committed to helping you to stop smoking. Please ask your midwife or practice nurse for the carbon monoxide test. You can also ask your midwife to refer you to Camquit the specialist stop smoking service or make an appointment with your practice nurse who can also help you to stop smoking. There are lots of people that can help and support you to stop smoking so don’t be afraid to ask for help – you’re much more likely to successfully quit smoking if you get help.
New specialist Stop Smoking Clinic at Arbury Road Surgery
A new specialist Stop Smoking Clinic for pregnant women and their partners will start on Wednesday 10th April 2013. The clinic will run from 2.00pm until 4.30pm. To book an appointment please ask at reception.