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Pregnancy and Smoking
What It Means To Be Smoking For Two
You're going to have a baby--and you smoke. What better time to quit? And for two very good reasons: you and your baby. Pregnancy can be a time of joy and stress. It may seem overwhelming to think about quitting now. Even if someone you know may have smoked during her pregnancy and had a problem-free delivery and a healthy baby, quitting still offers you and your baby the best chance for a fresh start.
Quitting Is Hard
Maybe you've tried to quit before. And even now, it isn't easy giving up something that is so much a part of what you do every day. But studies show that the more times you try to quit, the more likely it will work out the next time. The stress of quitting won't harm your baby either. So whether you are in your first trimester--or your last--it is still the best decision you can make for both of you.
You Are Not Alone
Here are a few steps to help you:
Remember, a smoke-free you is the best gift you can give your baby--and yourself!
How Will You & Your Baby Benefit?
Experts say that there are both short- and long-term benefits to quitting smoking:
For More Information:
An electronic version of the consumer guideline, "You Can Quit Smoking," is available from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Web site at http://www.ahcpr.gov/clinic/ch_quits.htm. You may also obtain a printed copy by calling toll free 800-358-9295 or writing to: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907.
Source: "Pregnancy and Smoking: What It Means To Be Smoking For Two," Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, January 1998.
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Updated August 2018