Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for both you and your baby.

Our advisers can help both you and your partner to take the first steps to giving your baby the best possible start.

Here’s some facts:

  • Smoke goes from your lungs into your bloodstream and then into your baby’s body
  • This causes you baby’s heart to beat faster
  • The 4000 chemicals in a cigarette are passed on to your baby
  • If you smoke throughout your pregnancy your baby will go through nicotine withdrawal when it is born
  • Stopping smoking when pregnant reduces the risk of your baby being premature or 'small for dates' 

How we can help:

You and your partner can access support through a trained  Midwife or Stop Smoking advisor based in a local GP Practice, pharmacy or community building such as a Children’s Centre.

You can access a range of effective treatments to assist you in stopping smoking when pregnant. Your GP, Midwife or Stop Smoking adviser will be able to give you more information.

Your Midwife will ask you about your smoking status and will advise you that the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your baby, is to stop smoking. Your Midwife should be able to either support you to stop smoking or point you in the direction of someone who can.

Contact us on 0800 014 9092 if you live in Gateshead 0800 107 0741 if you live in Sunderland and 0191 4247300 or use the search box to contact an adviser near you.


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