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.
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.