Pregnancy is a time when women often think about quitting smoking. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risks to your health and to your growing baby’s health. The best thing you can do is quit. More information on how to go about quitting can be found in ‘Take the First Steps Towards a Smoke-Free Beginning’ – a Booklet for Moms on Smoking, Second Hand Smoke and Quitting (.pdf).
Some topics include:
- Smoking and Secondhand Smoke
- Risk of Smoking
- Creating a Smoke Free Environment for You and Your Baby
- Benefits of Quitting
- Stages of Quitting
- Dealing with Slips
- After the Baby is Born
- Breastfeeding and Smoking
- Where to Get Help
For more information on smoking and pregnancy, to obtain tips and support for quitting and for making your living spaces smoke-free, please see:
For pregnant and postpartum women, their partners, and household members, the health unit offers one-on-one support through intensive tobacco cessation counseling (with specially trained public health nurses).
If you are not ready to quit, consider reducing your smoking and click here to learn more about how to reduce your exposure to secondhand smoke.
For more information on prenatal health, healthy pregnancies, and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.