If you are pregnant and smoking, quit for your health and that of your baby. Every day you do not smoke while pregnant allows more the oxygen to reach your baby and helps the baby grow. A baby that is born too small or too early is often too small to be healthy. Even a weight increase of a half-pound can make the difference between a healthy baby and a baby who needs to stay at the hospital for a while and needs costly care.
Since pregnancy is a special time for you, there are stop smoking programs and materials to help you quit.
QuitlineNC provides the coaching and support that can help you quit. They can send you materials in the mail and offer other tools to help you get started on your tobacco-free life. They have special materials and support for pregnant women.
You Quit, Two Quit
You Quit, Two Quit is a North Carolina program that can give you information and materials about smoking during pregnancy and how quit for your health and your baby's.
Healthy Start is a program aimed at helping all women have healthier babies. There are materials and tips for all aspects of healthy pregnancy, including "If You Smoke and Are Pregnant," a self-help guide that you can download to help you quit and "Oh Baby, We Want to Keep You Safe from Secondhand Smoke."
This fact sheet is for pregnant women and women who have recently had babies who smoke.