Protecting your baby from tobacco is one of the best things you can do to give your baby a healthy start in life. Every cigarette contains more than 4,000 chemicals which are harmful to your unborn baby. Cigarettes can restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby, so their heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.
Stopping smoking will help you and your baby immediately and you are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby. Find out more
If your partner or anyone else in your household smokes this can affect you and your baby before and after the birth. Second-hand smoke can also reduce the baby's birth weight and increase the risk of cot death . Babies whose parents smoke are more likely to be admitted to hospital for bronchitis and pneumonia during their first year.