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Smoking and Pregnancy

At the NHS Solihull Stop Smoking Service we offer free, friendly and non-judgmental advice about giving up smoking to anyone who wants to quit smoking.

Pregnant women, their partners, family and friends can self refer by calling 0800 015 8512 or speak to your midwife.

Home visits with a trained advisor are available to pregnant women. If home visits are not suitable then support is available at drop-ins or clinics run by the Solihull Stop Smoking Service, or support from a trained advisor at a pharmacy or your own surgery.

Receiving help from a trained advisor means you are more likely to be successful than if you attempt it alone. An advisor will talk to you about the use of nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, gum, lozenges, microtabs or inhalator, which can be used in pregnancy.

Benefits of quitting:

  • You will be less likely to feel sick or tired during the pregnancy.
  • Energy levels increase.
  • Breathing becomes easier.
  • You will be less likely to miscarry the baby.
  • Reduces the risk of a complicated delivery.
  • And in the long term …quitting smoking reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, osteoporosis, cancers and premature ageing.
As well as benefits to your pregnancy there are other benefits too:

  • Improve your finances - You will soon have more money!
  • Reduce your stress levels - Yes really! It is a proven fact smoking actually increases stress levels. Non-smokers feel less stressed than smokers.
  • The smell - You will no longer have to cover up the stale smell of smoke on your clothes, breath, hair and in your house.
How does smoking harm the baby?

Cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemicals. These chemicals are passed to the baby through the umbilical cord – the baby's lifeline.

One of the most dangerous of these chemicals is Carbon monoxide: each time you smoke a cigarette you breathe in a gas called carbon monoxide. This gas interferes with the transport of oxygen in your blood, and your baby's supply of oxygen is reduced. Your baby needs oxygen for healthy growth and development.

Some of the many benefits to your baby when you quit smoking:

  • More likely to grow and develop properly
  • Reduce the risk of stillbirth and cot death
  • More likely to be a happy and contented baby
  • Less likely to develop asthma, chest infections, ear problems and possible hearing loss
  • More likely to do better at school
  • Less likely to develop childhood cancer
Why come to us?
  • We understand how difficult it can be to stop smoking.
  • We won't tell you what to do, but will help and support you to do it.
  • We are not here to make you feel guilty or lecture.
  • We will listen to you.
It is never too late! Stopping smoking at anytime during your pregnancy is likely to benefit both you and your baby.

If you are thinking of quitting and want to find out more please contact the Solihull Stop Smoking Service on 0800 015 8512.