Pregnant? Don't Smoke!
Quitting smoking can be hard, but it is one of the best ways a woman can protect herself and her baby's health. For free help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Most people know that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and other major health problems. But women who smoke during pregnancy put themselves and their unborn babies at risk for other health problems. The dangers of smoking during pregnancy include premature birth, certain birth defects, and infant death. Even being around cigarette smoke puts a woman and her baby at risk for health problems.
The Good News
Quitting smoking before getting pregnant is best. But for women who are already pregnant, quitting as early as possible can still help protect against some health problems, such as low birth weight. It is never "too late" to quit smoking.
Quit for Good!
It is important to quit smoking for good. Some women might think it is safe to start smoking again after their baby is born. But these babies are not out of harm's way. Babies who are around cigarette smoke have weaker lungs than other babies. They are more likely to have other health problems such as infections and more frequent asthma attacks. Being around cigarette smoke is also one of the risk factors of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Though quitting for good can be hard, the benefits are worth it—a healthy baby and many more years of good health to enjoy with him or her.
If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking, talk to your health care provider about strategies. For support in quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669); TTY 1-800-332-8615.
Free help and support are available for pregnant women and others who want to quit for good.
- For free help, call the quitline in your state. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
- Find tips on quitting smoking, visit http://www.smokefree.gov/
- Learn quitting tips from The March of Dimes
- Learn quitting tips from The American Lung Association
- Learn more from CDC at Smoking and Tobacco Use and Tobacco Use and Pregnancy.
- Learn about the Great American Smokeout® Challenge
- Get information from The National Partnership for Smoke-free Families
- Make the Smoke-free Home Pledge. Call 1-866-SMOKE-FREE (1-866-766-5337) or visit Smoke-free Homes and Cars Program
- Page last reviewed: January 30, 2014
- Page last updated: January 30, 2014
- Content source:
- National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health
- Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs