Smoking Risks

Smoking while you’re pregnant can cause serious problems. Your baby could be born too small or too early (preterm birth), have a birth defect, or die at birth or from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Even being around secondhand cigarette smoke can cause health problems for you and your baby.

Smoking can also cause fertility problems for you or your partner. Women who smoke have more trouble getting pregnant than women who don’t smoke. In men, smoking can damage sperm and contribute to impotence. (erectile dysfunction, or ED)

Possible harm to baby during and after pregnancy:

What Can You Do?

Pregnancy is a time of great change, to lifestyle, priorities, and the human body. It offers a wonderful opportunity and extra motivation to make some positive habit changes like quitting smoking — good for your growing baby, and good for you. Your body will go through a series of changes, and many pregnant women find theIr desire to smoke naturally diminishes during this time. So what better time to kick the habit than now!

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Is it Too Late to Quit Smoking?

Not at all. While quitting smoking before or soon after getting pregnant is best, quitting at any time has benefits for you and your baby.

Why is Quitting Smoking Good for Your Baby?

Why is Quitting Good for You?

If you're already pregnant: