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Quitting for twoPlanning for you and your baby's health

Whether you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or thinking about quitting smoking – congratulations! We know that a pregnancy can be exciting, yet stressful, and can come with a lot of pressure to quit.

Staying motivated

Here are some things that may help your motivation to quit.

When you quit, your baby will: more likely be born at the right time and at a healthy weight; more likely be born without birth defects; and less likely die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). You also lower the chances of your baby suffering from illness in their early years.

By quitting, you will be less likely to have a miscarriage or problems during pregnancy, such as excessive bleeding and high blood pressure. You also will be less likely to have problems during birth, and have a better chance for safe labor.

Help to quit

Free, confidential, evidence-based support to quit smoking, vaping, or tobacco for New Yorkers.

It is never too late.

Quitting sooner than later is best, but quitting at any time will give you and your baby a healthier life.

First steps –

Talk about it

Talk with your healthcare provider about your plan to quit and discuss if stop-smoking medications are an option during your pregnancy.

Get Support

Look for your support. Find family or friends who will support your commitment to quit and be there when you need them.

Remind Yourself

Find a reminder, like a baby picture or pacifier, to help you imagine you with your baby and why you are quitting. Use this when cravings get strong.

Staying smoke-free after your baby is born –

Your baby is here! Along with your bundle of joy, there will be new stressors and old smoking triggers. Staying a smoke-free mom can be hard, but planning now will help you beyond your pregnancy.

Motivation to stay a smoke-free mom –

Breastfeeding while smoking exposes a new baby to nicotine and other substances that have been linked to colic and SIDS.
Your baby and younger children will have fewer colds and ear infections, and will reduce their risk of pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma.
As children grow without exposure to secondhand smoke, they tend to miss fewer days of school due to asthma and breathing illnesses. They also are less likely to become smokers in the future.
Not smoking also means you can reduce the aging process caused by smoking. This will help your skin, teeth, and hair look younger for longer.
Last updated 8/11/2021 8:43 AM
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