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  • Quitline counsellors have helped many pregnant women stop smoking. You can also talk with your doctor or maternity care team and make a quitting plan together.
  • If you smoke while you are pregnant you are at increased risk of a wide range of problems, including miscarriage and premature labour.
  • Babies whose mothers smoke during pregnancy are at higher risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), having weaker lungs and having an unhealthy low birth weight.
  • Low birth weight babies are at greater risk of death and are more vulnerable to infection, breathing difficulties and long-term health problems in adulthood.
  • Stopping smoking completely as early as possible during pregnancy best protects your health and the health of your baby.

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Reviewed on: 19-04-2022