Smoking During Pregnancy

Topic Overview

If you are a smoker and get pregnant, you should quit. If you are not a smoker, avoid secondhand smoke. Many programs are available to help pregnant women quit smoking. Ask your doctor or nurse-midwife for information on quitting smoking while pregnant.

Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of:1

If your baby or child is exposed to smoke after birth, he or she will be more prone to illness and breathing problems.

References

Citations

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2007). Antepartum care. In Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 6th ed., pp. 83–137. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Credits

Author Sandy Jocoy, RN
Editor Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Associate Editor Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Updated November 28, 2008

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