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Smoking in pregnancy

We’re here to help you quit

In 2015/16 around 1 in 10 pregnant women in Essex were smokers at the time of having their babies, this is around 1,500 women.
If you are smoking and pregnant, protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it’s never too late to quit and we are here to help.
For local and FREE stop smoking services visit provide, who will help you start your smoke free journey.
Tel:0300 303 9988

Why quit?

Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. When you stop smoking:
  • You will reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and birth
  • You are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby
  • You will reduce the risk of stillbirth
  • Your baby is less likely to be born too early and have to face the additional breathing, feeding and health problems that often go with being premature
  • Your baby is less likely to be born underweight: babies of women who smoke are, on average, 200g (about 8oz) lighter than other babies, which can cause problems during and after labour. For example they are more likely to have a problem keeping warm and are more prone to infection
  • You will reduce the risk of cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome.

It is also important to remind partners, family and friends to stop smoking around you as second hand smoke also harms your baby.

We know that quitting is hard, but we are here to help you. 70 per cent that come to us to give up smoking, quit.
Contact us today for help and support.
Read about Laura, who is currently pregnant and working with our stop smoking service to quit. Read Laura’s story.
Stopping smoking if you are pregnant will also help your baby later in life. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer from asthma and other serious illnesses that may need hospital treatment.
It is also important to remind partners, family and friends to stop smoking around you as second hand smoke also harms your baby.
We know that quitting is hard, but we are here to help you. 70 per cent that come to us to give up smoking, quit.