Smoking While Pregnant: What's the Big Deal?

Are you a smoker who is pregnant or would like to become pregnant?

You probably already know that smoking during your pregnancy is harmful to you and your baby. But did you know that your team of health care providers is committed to helping you quit? Like you, we want the best health possible for your baby, and we take seriously the threat that cigarette smoke--even second-hand, can pose to your unborn child. The tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke actually reduce the amount of oxygen delivered to your baby--oxygen she needs to grow and develp in preparation for birth. Smoking can also cause serious complications during the pregnancy; ectopic pregnancies, low birth weight, stillbirth and placenta problems have all been associated with smoking.

Your obstetrician knows how addictive nicotine can be

In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association states that without help, less than ten percent of those who quit smoking will remain smoke free after a year. That's why it is so important to talk to your doctor about quitting smoking. We share your dream of success! Whether you are pregnant or not, be an active member of your health care team and talk to your doctor about quitting smoking today.