Smokefree pregnancy

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for you and & the health of your unborn baby

If you are pregnant and smoke we can provide
one to one support to help you stop smoking

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The dangers of smoke to your unborn baby

Every cigarette you smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, so smoking when pregnant harms your unborn baby. Cigarettes can restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby and as a result their heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.

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The benefits of stopping

Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. Harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, and other damaging chemicals will clear from your body and help to protect your baby.

The following are all benefits highlighted by NHS Start for Life on stopping smoking whilst pregnant:

  • You’re doing the best thing for your baby’s health
  • The chances of having a miscarriage or still birth are reduced
  • You’ll minimise the risk of cot death (SIDS)
  • Your baby is less likely to be born early (premature) or underweight
  • Stopping smoking will help your baby in later life – some people suffer from asthma and other serious illnesses if their mother smoked while pregnant

Source: NHS Start for Life

Smoking in pregnancy

The video on the right talks about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy and the benefits of having a smokefree pregnancy.

The dangers of secondhand smoke

Pregnant women exposed to passive or secondhand smoke are more prone to premature birth and their baby is more at risk of low birthweight and cot death.

Find our more about the effects of secondhand smoke to pregnant women

Shisha as a source of secondhand smoke

You may not think it, but shisha is also a source of secondhand smoke, which pregnant women should avoid and a huge amount of smoke is consumed within a single shisha session.

A World Health Organization study suggested that during 1 session on a water pipe (around 20 to 80 minutes), a person can inhale the same amount of smoke as a cigarette smoker consuming 100 or more cigarettes.

Like cigarette smoke, water pipe smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals and toxic gases such as carbon monoxide.

Source: NHS website

Find out more about the effects of smoking shisha

Get support to quit

One You Merton offers one to one support to stop smoking with a stop smoking specialist to help you quit for good. Visit our Smoking page for extra details on support, e-mail us at or call us on 020 8973 3545

Having a healthy pregnancy

If you would like to find out more about having a healthy pregnancy then visit the Start4Life website using the button below.

Start4Life provides support for a better start in life for infants from birth, by providing parents with accessible, concise information about the recommendations on breastfeeding, appropriate introduction of solid foods and active play.

Visit the Start4Life page