Posted: 27th July, 2023

Issue 9: Having a Healthy Pregnancy if you Smoke

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.

We are working across Sussex to try to help more people have a safe pregnancy.

Our complete place based plans

Maternal smoking is associated with -

  • A 47% increase in the risk of stillbirth
  • A 27% increased risk of pre-term birth
  • 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

What are the benefits of quitting?

  • Stopping smoking can reduce your risk of miscarriage or stillbirth
  • You’ll reduce your risk of giving birth prematurely and of your baby being born underweight
  • You will reduce your baby’s risk of sudden infant death (SIDS, also known as cot death)
  • You will improve your baby’s chance of having healthy lungs as they grow – reducing the risk of asthma

What’s New on the LMNS Website?


Self-refer to Physiotherapy Services in Sussex

It is now possible to self-refer to pelvic health physiotherapy services via our digital self-referral form.  Self-referral allows you to access the pelvic health physiotherapy service without having to see your GP or a health care professional.

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Issue 12 : Feeding your baby

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Issue 2 : Staying Safe this Winter

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