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Health Before Pregnancy Makes a Difference

Plan for a Smoke-Free Life

Plan for a Smoke-Free LifeAs a future parent-to-be, it is important to know that smoking and second-hand smoke are harmful to you and your baby.  Smoking by you or your partner could negatively affect the health of your baby even before birth. 

The chemicals in tobacco are harmful to smokers and those who breathe second-hand smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Making a decision to quit smoking and making your home and car smoke-free before you get pregnant, is an important beginning to a healthier future. 

Learn more about the benefits a smoke-free life for you and your family.

Tips to protect your family from second-hand smoke                                  

  • Ask family, friends and caregivers not to smoke around you and your children.

If you smoke, now is a great time to quit…

Benefits of quitting smoking for you and your partner…

  • Decreased risk of developing menstrual problems.  
  • Decreased risk of fertility problems.
  • Decreased risk of erectile dysfunction (impotence) and sperm abnormalities.
  • Decreased risk of developing tooth loss, gum disease.
  • Learn more about the benefits of quitting smoking.

Benefits of quitting for your pregnancy…

  • Decreased possibility of having a miscarriage.
  • Decreased risk of complications during your pregnancy.
  • Decreased risk of your baby being born early.
  • Decreased risk of your baby having a lower birth weight.  Low birth weight baby risk drops to normal if you quit before pregnancy or during your first trimester.
  • Decreased possibility of the baby being born with cleft lip or cleft palate.

The risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) increases if you smoke before your baby is born.