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Thinking of getting pregnant? Time to stop smoking!

Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or just thinking about it, it’s never too early to quit smoking. Smoking has an impact on both the chances of you getting pregnant and the health of your baby once pregnant.

Women who are able to quit smoking before conception or within the first three months of pregnancy reduce the risk of their baby being born prematurely to the same risk level as non-smokers. Also, women who stop smoking early in their pregnancy have babies with similar birth weights as babies born to non-smokers.

Smoking during pregnancy can cause health problems for both women and their babies:

  • There’s an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight, premature birth, birth defects and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS – also known as ‘cot death’)

  • Studies show that every cigarette smoked increases miscarriage risk by one percent

  • Smoking increases ectopic pregnancy risk, where the baby will not survive and is dangerous for the mother

  • Children born to smokers have a higher risk of lung issues such as asthma, and are also more likely to eventually smoke themselves hence lowering their life expectancy

  • Nausea in early pregnancy is more common for smokers

Compounds that are particularly harmful to prenatal development include nicotine, which interferes with the development of the baby’s brain, and carbon monoxide, which causes oxygen deprivation in the blood circulation of the foetus. Also, if a mother has smoked while pregnant, her new-born baby has a risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms, in addition to hyperactivity and behavioural disorders later in life.

Stopping smoking immediately helps both the mother-to-be and her baby. After stopping, it only takes 24 hours for the harmful chemicals to clear from the bloodstream, therefore letting more oxygen through the placenta very quickly and reducing the risks of complications in pregnancy and birth.

It’s not just the mother-to-be who should consider quitting. Smoking affects every stage of the reproduction process – in both men and women.

  • Smokers take longer to get pregnant than non-smokers and are more likely to have fertility issues

  • Smoking affects egg and sperm DNA, hormone production, the fertilised egg’s ability to reach the uterus and the environment inside the uterus

  • Second-hand smoke is almost as damaging as smoking, and women who are exposed to it take longer to conceive than women who are not

  • Men who smoke can have problems getting and maintaining erections

  • Men constantly produce sperm which take about three months to mature. Quitting at least three months before trying for a baby is important to ensure sperm are healthy at conception

Mothers-to-be will find it much harder to quit if those around them are still smoking. Additionally, second-hand (passive) smoke can also reduce baby’s birthweight and increase the risk of SIDS. Babies whose parents smoke are more likely to be admitted to hospital for bronchitis and pneumonia in the first year of life.

Passive smoking
Passive smoking can have a profound impact on a baby's health

Lastly, although becoming a parent is a wonderful and exciting time, it can also be quite stressful, and indeed expensive! Even more reason to quit then as the amount of money that can be saved when a person stops smoking runs into thousands of pounds a year. And although smoking can be seen as an antidote to stress, the stress levels of smokers usually drop once they have quit, as they no longer experience the continual withdrawal symptoms when their nicotine levels drop too low, triggering the urge for the next cigarette.

How to quit

Although there are an overwhelming number of reasons to quit, and the benefits for parents-to-be and the baby are enormous, it can still be really difficult to actually do it. If you’ve tried quitting before, you’ll know how hard it can be. Our research shows that on average UK smokers have tried quitting five times.

Acetium has launched a completely new way to quit smoking. The nicotine-free lozenge works effectively to help you quit smoking while smoking, enabling you to keep stress levels in check and decrease nicotine addiction step-by-step, gradually reducing the pleasure of the smoking experience so that you stop for good.

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