Considering pregnancy? Stop smoking.

Smoking Kills Babies Too

If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, there are several things
to put on your to-do list…start taking prenatal vitamins, get
up-to-date on any vaccinations, strive for your ideal body weight, and
stop any bad habits that might impact the health of your pregnancy and
your baby.Smoking fits into that last category. A new study from
the Centers for Disease Control estimates that moms-to-be who smoke
account for up to 8% of premature births and up to 19% of low
birthweight babies. And even more scary, almost 25% of Sudden Infant
Death Syndrome (SIDS) could be prevented if the baby’s mother did not
smoke.

So just quit smoking, right? If it could only be that easy!

If you are pregnant, certainly the safest way to stop is to
attend support groups or therapy. Although no one can say that nicotine
replacement products (gums, lozenges, patches, and inhalers) are 100%
safe during pregnancy, the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists say that the benefits of stopping smoking outweigh the
potential risk of these products. It’s also safe to try a prescription
medication that helps reduce the withdrawal symptoms.The best
thing to do is to quit before becoming pregnant. And, make your partner
quit too!