Stop smoking. Well, you’ve probably heard that one before!
Cigarette smoke is full of poisonous chemicals, and they all very easily get to the baby. So if you smoke, your baby smokes too.
And this stops it from growing properly. The babies of smoking mothers are born smaller. What’s more some research shows that they’re more likely to have a clubfoot. Later in childhood, their lungs don’t work as well. And they’re more likely to die around the time of the birth.
This tip also applies to your partner or the people around you when you’re pregnant. When they smoke, you breathe the smoke, and your baby smokes too.
Babies who live in a smoky atmosphere are more likely to die in their sleep for no obvious reason – this is called ‘cot death’. So it’s also important not to smoke after the baby is born – or at least not in the same room as the baby.
And of course if you give up smoking you’re also looking after yourself! You know it’s bad for you, and now you’re pregnant you’ve got an extra important reason to kick the habit.
Depending on your situation, early pregnancy can be a stressful time. This make giving up smoking seem extra difficult. But there are lots of places to find tips and help.
Try reading 'The easy way to stop smoking' by Allen Carr – it’s helped millions of people to give up smoking. You can also download it here.
There are also a lot of websites with tips on how to give up smoking, like Quit Smoking Stop or Stop Smoking Tips.