For Mums

Reasons to be smoke-free

Why smoking near pregnant women is harmful for the baby

It’s not good for a women who is pregnant to smoke or breathe in other people’s smoke. The chemicals from the smoke get into her blood stream and harm the baby.

If a pregnant women breathes in a lot of cigarette smoke their baby will be at risk of:

  • miscarriage
  • being born too early and sickly
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

After they are born, if you smoke near them, the baby will be more likely to have:

  • Ear infections and hearing problems
  • Asthma, chest infections, coughs and colds
  • Problems with Learning and Behaviour

Benefits of quitting smoking in pregnancy

There are many benefits to quitting smoking during pregnancy and the earlier you quit the more benefits you and your bubup will get

Where to get help to quit smoking

There are many resources you can use to help you achieve a smoke-free pregnancy

  • Talk to your GP about how to safely quit during pregnancy
  • Talk to your Koori Maternity Services (KMS) worker or midwife. DDACL has a wonderful KMS program located in Dandenong
  • Call the Aboriginal Quitline 13 78 48. Find out more here
  • Download some apps! Quit for you – Quit for two is specifically designed for pregnant women!

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

If quitting cold turkey is not working for you, have a talk with your doctor as you may be able to try Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

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