Helping Pregnant Women Quit Smoking
Smoking in pregnancy is dangerous for both the mother and the unborn baby. Women who quit smoking before or during pregnancy reduce the risk for adverse reproductive outcomes, including difficulties in becoming pregnant, infertility, premature rupture of membranes, preterm deliver, and low birth weight.
If you smoke when you're pregnanat . . .
- Less oxygen gets to the baby's brain, and can cause poor growth.
- Your baby's lung growth and function may be slowed during pregnancy and childhood.
- It can poorly affect your child's intelligence and behavior.
Resources for Pregnant Women
Michigan Department of Community Health*
The Expectant Mother's Quit Kit has lots of helpful information, motivation and strategies for quitting. The kit has three booklets. Call 1-800-537-5666 and ask for free “Expectant Mother’s Quit Kit” or download all three booklets here.
To order a coupon for the nicotine patch, gum, inhaler, nasal spray or lozenge - which can almost double your chances of quitting for good - call: 1-800-537-5666
BABYS (Babies Against Breathing Your Smoke)
The Macomb County Tobacco Prevention Coalition developed a smoking cessation program for pregnant women called BABYS (Babies Against Breathing Your Smoke) through a grant from Creating a Healthier Macomb. Listed below are handouts to help you in your quitting process:
- Contract for not smoking
- How quitting can help
- Tips for getting ready to quit
- Preparing to quit
- Tips to reduce urge to smoke
- Tips for quitting and staying quit
- Relaxation tips
March of Dimes
Find out about the risks caused by smoking during pregnancy to your unborn baby.
Web site: www.modimes.org
The National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit
Working to motivate, assist, and support pregnant women during their quit attempts.