Stopping smoking is never easy at any point in your life, and when you are pregnant and your body metabolises nicotine 66% faster, it seems even harder to quit. Determination, motivation, behaviour change seems to take a back seat to the nagging in your head for just a quick drag, or just the morning one will be fine.
Stopping smoking when you are pregnant is the most important thing that you can do for yourself and your baby. Even one cigarette is one too many.
Implications. As well as the thousands of chemicals in tobacco, as there is no difference between straights and roll ups, there is a poisonous gas called Carbon Monoxide (CO). at every routine antenatal appointment, you are measured for this gas, through a simple breath test. CO affects the body’s ability to transport oxygen around the body which reduces oxygen available to the baby. CO crosses the placenta and enters the blood stream of the baby and it increase the risk of miscarriage and slows the baby’s growth and development.
Other health implications include lung and breathing difficulties, still birth, premature birth, heart defects, reduced birth weight and SIDS.
However its not all bad, when you stop smoking CO starts leaving your body within 8 hours, your baby will grow stronger, organs develop, better, a healthier placenta to feed and protect your baby, more likely to be born on time, 100% oxygen for your baby and a healthier pregnancy.
Women who stop smoking before week 15 of pregnancy cut their risk of spontaneous premature birth and having small babies to the same as non-smokers, according to research published on the British Medical Journal website.
As an extra benefit, babies don’t come cheap so stopping smoking can also have a huge impact on your purse.
If you are planning a pregnancy stopping smoking before you get pregnant is a good idea, and your partner also, you can self-refer into One You Lincolnshire. On your booking appointment with your midwife, she can also refer you, your partner and any family members.
You can have an appointment to suit you, face to face (where available), telephone appointments, or in a maternity setting. You will have contact with an experienced stop smoking practitioner, who can offer support, motivational behaviour change techniques. We offer a 12-week course to ensure that you are smoke-free and are happy with how your quit is progressing. Depending on need we can also offer free nicotine behavioural therapy, on assessment of smoking status. We are non-judgemental, supportive and person centred. We also know that stopping smoking is not easy and can seem impossible at times, and this is where our expertise comes in , offering up hints and tips, and support.
Alison Plastow, Stop Smoking Practitioner, Pregnancy Lead
May 22, 2020