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If you’re pregnant and a smoker, you probably already know that smoking isn’t the best thing for you or your baby. But giving up smoking can be hard. If you have already tried, the last thing you want is someone lecturing you, but it’s helpful to be fully informed.
Maternal smoking is associated with a 47% increase in the risk of stillbirth,
a 27% increased risk of pre-term birth and an 82% increased risk of a low birthweight baby.
Smoking during pregnancy also increases the risk of your baby being born with abnormalities of the heart, limbs, and face.
When you smoke, the harmful chemicals in cigarettes travel from your lungs, to your bloodstream and then through your placenta to your baby. As a result, your baby struggles for oxygen and this affects their development.
What are the benefits of quitting?
We are working across the whole of Sussex to try and help more people have safe pregnancies and healthy babies.
When it comes to helping people stop smoking, here are the things we’re doing:
Stop smoking services
There are a range of services available to help you stop smoking, from NHS apps and websites to support from a dedicated health trainer.
We are changing our services to improve Perinatal Equity and Equality in Sussex
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