Smoking while pregnant puts both you and your baby at risk. Smoking during pregnancy can cause complications during delivery such as premature rupture of membranes, abruptio placentae, placenta previa, premature birth, low-birth-weight, stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Before pregnancy, you can use almost any approach to kick the habit, including behavioral methods, nicotine replacement products (gum, patches and inhalers), antidepressants and smoking cessation drugs. But during pregnancy, some of the medications may not be safe. These agents may pass through the placenta to reach your baby.
Here's my advice to pregnant women:
- Set a date to quit and stick to it.
- Enroll in an online smoking cessation program (they can walk you through quitting, and they're free).
- Exercise every day.
- Keep a journal.
- Identify and avoid your triggers, like the urge to smoke after dinner.
- Don't let friends or family smoke in front of you.
- Change your routine.