Pregnant and Smoking: Reasons to Quit

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Cigarette smoking is one of the most medically damaging habits out there and greatly increases your risk for pre-term delivery, low birth weight and it plays a major factor in SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Quitting now is the best thing you can do for not only your health, but for the health of your unborn baby.

Pregnant and Smoking? Quit Now.

Quitting is not easy! It is important that you have support from friends and family, and a plan to stay clear of cigarettes for the long term. If you are pregnant and smoking and try to quit, you will likely experience side effects such as irritability, depression, anxiety and restlessness.

While these symptoms will not harm the pregnancy, they can lead to stress, which can cause contractions, though not enough to cause a miscarriage. There is no evidence that the stress of quitting smoking has any negative effect on a fetus.

The benefits of quitting smoking outweigh any risk during the pregnancy. Also, there is no correct “how to quit” method but I recommend doing what works for you. There are many options available and it is best to discuss these with your doctor. Some people are able to quit cold turkey while others find success using smoking cessation aides like gum or patches, or medications like Wellbutrin. The healthiest way to quit is to not use anything, but the best way is the way that will work for you and your baby.

Renown Health offers a Quit Tobacco program that occurs weekly over the course of a four-week period. To learn more, call 775-982-2781.

Tamsen Carson, PA


Tamsen Carson is an OB/GYN physician assistant with Renown Health. She provides essential prenatal, pregnancy and post-pregnancy care to women, including delivering babies. Tamsen completed her OB/GYN Physician Assistant residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA and has been a part of the Renown Health team for more than five years.

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