Pregnant Smokers

Whether you are planning a new bundle of joy, you just found out that you’re expecting, or you’re already well into your pregnancy, there’s never been a better time to stop smoking for Pregnant Smokers.

Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious health problems for your baby. By stopping smoking, you’ll be taking an important step towards keeping your baby safe and healthy.

However, nicotine is so addictive that quitting will understandably be a challenge. And the more stressed out you feel about it, the more you may want to reach for the cigarettes….

We are Ex-Smokers….We understand…. We can help.

Reasons to Quit Smoking while Pregnant

It should be obvious that the sooner Mom quits smoking, the better it will be for both Mom and Baby. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons to quit smoking when pregnant and how you and the newborn will both benefit from quitting smoking.

Smoking makes it Harder to get Pregnant

You know that smoking is bad for you, but you may not know about the negative effects smoking has on your chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby. Smokers take longer to concieve than non-smokers and are more likely to have fertility problems.

No Chemicals from the Smoke reach the Baby

Nicotine is only one of a myriad of chemical toxins found in tobacco. The sooner you quit smoking, the sooner the dangerous chemicals (even trace chemicals) are washed from your body and prevented from reaching the fetus.

You will have a Healthier Pregnancy

Pregnant women smokers who stop smoking suffer fewer miscarriages and are more likely to carry the fetus to full term. Fewer low-weight babies require much less medical attention in the first year. Smoking trebles the risk of cot death. Smoking pregnancy risks are significantly reduced by quitting. Crib deaths from SIDS and birth defects are also significantly lower.

Unique Challenges

Pregnant Moms also present two unique challenges when stopping smoking that other smokers don’t face.They are stopping for someone else (the baby) and they must find a drug-free method that works under any circumstances.

Stopping for someone else presents a unique challenge that is covered in detail in the Stop for Life program. We teach Abstinence Psychotherapy, a psychological solution, therefore safe for the baby’s health and well-being.

Why you will Want to Act

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 3 Compelling Reasons to Stop Smoking Right Now :

1.) Smoking reduces a woman’s chances of getting pregnant.
2.) Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk for pregnancy complications or miscarriage .
3.) Tobacco smoke harms babies before and after they are born.

Everything you do as a pregnant woman from this point forward will be dictated by how things will affect the safety and health of the baby. You are embarking on an exciting journey as you prepare for the arrival of the new family member.

You will be around for many years to enjoy watching and helping your baby to grow and mature.

Congratulations on choosing to stop smoking.

It’s one of the best decisions you will ever make.

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8 Replies to “Pregnant Smokers”

  1. These are all excellent reasons for quitting smoking. Plus I think it’s just unfair for the baby to possibly have healthy problems because the mother doesn’t want to quit herself.

    Is it true though if pregnant women smoke, babies can be born addicted to nicotine?

    Also what do you think is the best way to quit smoking?

    1. Hello Michael,

      I am not a doctor, so I don’t know about your question regarding an addicted fetus.

      In regard to the other question, the best way to stop smoking is cold turkey. The quicker you get through the withdrawal, the better. Many other methods drag out the withdrawal unneccessarily and, in some cases, actually intensify and lengthen the inevitable temporary withdrawal… 

      Best to face the problem head on, get through the withdrawal quickly, and get busy enjoying your benefits.

      Thanks for your comments!

  2. John,

    Thanks for this very important topic. As much as I agree that pregnant smokers should consider the health benefits of quitting, but I believe everyone should consider the health risks when it comes to a baby.

    As a smoker I do my best to make sure I wash my hands, and never smoke around any child. It’s only fair they don’t have to deal with my bad habits.

    I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more!

    1. Hi Tim,

      If you would like to read more snippets about the program,you can always poke around the site for additional topics. There are many to choose from and you are certainly welcome to do that.

      Better yet, the entire program is available for less than what you probably spent in the last 2 days for cigarettes…. Why not take action right now?

      If you take my Program and stop smoking, think about all that soap and water you can save….Lol.

      Thanks for stopping by….

  3. Although I never smoked during pregnancy, it took almost 20 years for me to stop smoking completely. This is a very interesting and important issue that needs to be addressed. Not only for the health of the mother, but also for the baby. Thank you so much for this article. Very informative!

    1. Hi Andrea,

      Congratulations on finally finding a way to stop smoking that worked for you!… 20 Years… Congratulations on your persistence.

      Your friends that might be expectant mother’s can benefit from your example…. Good job!

      Best wishes,


  4. Such important information here! There are enough chemicals an unborn child is already exposed to everyday – let alone cigarette smoke and the chemicals from this.  Thank you for listing these harmful effects, and ways people can work through steps in quitting. A very important and helpful website. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Shelley Ann,

      Although Expectant Moms well know the dangers of smoking to both themselves and the baby, that knowledge alone has proven to be insufficient in helping most of them to stop…. They still don’t know HOW.

      Through Abstinence Psychotherapy, we at Stop for Life  offer an effective drug-free approach to stopping smoking.  This is great news to many Moms who are somehow able to repress long enough to get through the pregnancy, but later return to smoking after giving birth.

      Now they have an effective drug-free program that will enable them to continue to live their lives without the need to return to a life of smoking.

      Thank you for your thoughtful critique.


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