Positive effects of stopping smoking during pregnancy

Stop smoking now and both you and your baby will get the benefits immediately. The carbon monoxide and other chemicals quickly leave your body. It means there’s more oxygen in your blood, making you and your baby much healthier.

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How to get help

You’re up to four times more likely to quit smoking successfully with NHS support. Call the NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 9 169 now to find out more about the free NHS support available to help you go smoke-free.

Benefits to your health and your baby's begin the minute you stop smoking

Pregnancy - Heart20 Minutes Blood pressure and pulse return to normal

Pregnancy - Baby1 Hour Risk of complications during, pregnancy becoming less

Pregnancy - Circulation8 Hours Nicotine levels fall, circulation improves

Pregnancy - Lungs1 DayLungs begin to work better, carbon monoxide removed from body

Pr2 Days Nicotine removed from your body, smoking no longer affecting baby’s growth

Pregnancy - Breathing3 Days Energy levels increase, breathing becomes easier

Pregnancy - Iron2 Weeks Daily tasks become easier to do, withdrawal symptoms begin to ease

Pregnancy - Withdrawal1 Month Withdrawal symptoms have stopped, breathing and energy levels continue to improve

Pregnancy - Happy Baby6 Months Your baby less likely to suffer breathing problems, asthma, wheezing, glue ear or be hospitalised.

Your children less likely to smoke when they get older. Risks of heart attack, cancer ‘smoking’ diseases begins to fall

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