Smoking makes it harder to get pregnant

If you or your partner smokes, it can be harder to get pregnant.

If you smoke while you’re pregnant, your baby smokes too.

Other people’s smoke passes to your baby while you’re pregnant.

Smoking when pregnant harms your baby

Smoking when you’re pregnant increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth and low birth weight of baby.

Cigarette smoke can damage your baby’s brain and lungs and increase risks for asthma, childhood illness, and cleft lip and palate.

There’s a strong link between sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) and smoking during pregnancy and after birth.

Quitting smoking is good for you and your baby

Smoking can reduce how much breastmilk you make and put harmful substances in your breastmilk. But even if you smoke, breastfeeding is still best for your baby.

It’s never too late to quit. For example, one hour after you quit the risk of pregnancy complications goes down. Stop smoking for two days, and your baby’s growth is back on track.

If you’re finding it hard to quit, call the Quitline on 137 848 for help.

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Last updated or reviewed
12-12-2016

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