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As a mother, you want to protect and nurture your baby.  If you are pregnant and smoke, the best thing to do for both of you is to quit now.  Smoking while preganant increases health risks to the baby.  We know quitting is hard, but there is help available.  Give your baby the best chance for a healthy start.  Talk to your doctor or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

 

Why Quit...

Pre-Pregnancy:

•  Thinking of having a healthy baby? Smoking can cause low birth weight and birth defects.
•  You have high hopes for the future. Quitting increases your overall health.
•  Quitting decreases your risk for miscarriage.

 

During Pregnancy:

•  Quitting lowers the risk that your baby will be born too early/too small and increase the chance of a healthy baby.
•  You may miscarry if you keep smoking.

Why STAY Quit...

When Your Baby Arrives:

•  Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are twice as likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
•  Babies whose mothers smoke are twice as likely to suffer colic. You reduce that risk by quitting.

 

For Your Toddler/Family:

•  Quitting lowers the risk to your child of burns, asthma, colds, ear infections, hearing loss, and respiratory infections like  bronchitis and pneumonia.
•  The average yearly cost of cigarettes is approximately $1,800 per year. Think about what you could do with these savings!

For more information, click here:  http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/tobaccousepregnancy/

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