The sooner you stop smoking, the better. But stopping even in the last few weeks of your pregnancy will benefit you and your baby.
Quitting smoking is one of the best things that you can do for your baby. If you smoke 1-9 cigarettes a day during pregnancy, the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) for your baby increases by 4 times, compared with a woman who didn’t smoke at all during pregnancy.
Smoking 20 cigarettes a day during pregnancy can increase the risk of SIDs by 8 times.
That doesn’t mean giving up is easy though and, if you really feel that you can’t stop completely, then cutting down the amount of cigarettes you smoke each day could help.
Quitting smoking: advice from young mums
Watch Verona’s vlog on how she stayed motivated to quit smoking:
In this video from Our Chance, young mum Shedenise talks about how and why she gave up smoking when she was pregnant, and how she coped with cravings:
Switching to e-cigarettes
At the moment there isn’t any research on e-cigarettes and SIDS but using an e-cigarette does seem to be much safer than smoking both during pregnancy and once your baby is born. Due to the lack of research on e-cigarettes and SIDS we would advise that you don’t share a bed with your baby if you use e-cigarettes.
For more advice on helping to protect your baby if you are a smoker, visit our safer sleep pages or read The Lullaby Trust’s fact sheet on smoking. For more info on e-cigarettes, read our e-cigarette fact sheet.
For help and advice to stop smoking, try the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 0224 332 or visit the NHS website