Quit smoking to help prevent stillbirth

Smoking during pregnancy harms your baby and is one of the major contributors to stillbirth. Second hand smoke carries the same risk.

Quit smoking to help prevent stillbirth

Protecting Your Baby’s Health: The Power of Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy

Bringing a new life into the world is a journey filled with joy and anticipation. As expectant parents, your top priority is ensuring the health and wellbeing of your precious little one. One crucial step in this journey is understanding the impact of smoking during pregnancy and the remarkable benefits of quitting for both you and your baby.

The Risks of Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy poses significant risks to both the mother and the developing baby. It increases the risk of miscarriage, placental abruption, premature labour, and even the heartbreaking loss of a baby within the first month of life. Babies exposed to tobacco or drugs in the womb are often born small, with low birth weight, and can face impairments to their growth and development. Moreover, there’s a strong association between smoking during and after birth and sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI).

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

1. Pre-Conception and First Trimester: Quitting smoking before conception or during the first trimester sets the stage for a healthier pregnancy. It eliminates harmful chemicals from your body and creates a smoke-free environment for your baby’s crucial early development, reducing the risk of birth defects and developmental abnormalities.

2. Second and Third Trimesters: Even if you’ve been smoking during pregnancy, quitting at any point can still provide substantial benefits. Ceasing smoking later in pregnancy can improve fetal growth and decrease the risk of complications such as low birth weight and preterm birth. Every day without smoking gives your baby a better chance at a healthy start in life.

Reducing Second-hand Smoke Exposure

Second-hand smoke poses similar risks to your baby’s health. Whether it’s from cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, or smokeless tobacco, exposure to second-hand smoke can harm your baby’s delicate development. That’s why Red Nose recommends keeping your baby smoke-free before and after birth.

In addition to quitting smoking, reducing exposure to second-hand smoke is crucial for your baby’s health. Creating a smoke-free environment at home and in the car protects your baby from harmful toxins. Choosing smoke-free childcare facilities and play areas further minimises their exposure to second-hand smoke.

Seeking Support and Resources

If you’re struggling to quit smoking, know you’re not alone. Your midwife, doctor or health care professional can offer personalised support, resources, and counselling to help you on your journey to a smoke-free pregnancy. Surround yourself with a supportive network of family and friends who encourage and uplift you every step of the way. For information on accessing free Quit Smoking or Vaping Support click here.


As you prepare to welcome your little one into the world, remember that every positive choice you make contributes to their health and well-being. Quitting smoking during pregnancy is one of the most powerful steps you can take to give your baby the healthiest start in life. Whether you quit before conception, during the first trimester, or later in pregnancy, know that every day without smoking brings you closer to a brighter, smoke-free future for you and your baby. Embrace the journey to a healthier pregnancy and celebrate the incredible gift of life you’re nurturing within you.

Last modified: 8/5/24