Smoking in pregnancy

Smoking or breathing in second hand smoke is one of the most important preventable causes of complications during pregnancy.

  • Smoking can cause miscarriage or affect the growth of your baby, cause asthma and breathing difficulties and increase the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)
  • Research shows your baby is more likely to develop diabetes, heart or kidney disease later in life if you smoke during pregnancy
  • E-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, some of which are not found in tobacco. They are not recommended as a way to help people quit smoking
  • Quitting smoking before or in the first 3 months of pregnancy has the same risks as non-smoking pregnant women
  • Quitting at any time during pregnancy is good for your baby
  • Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy does not cause any harm to you or your baby. It can be used during pregnancy under the supervision of a health professional.

More information on smoking during pregnancy and support to help you quit is available at: