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Quitting for twoPlanning for you and your baby's health

Whether you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or thinking about quitting smoking – congratulations! We know pregnancy can be exciting, yet stressful, and it can come with a lot of pressure to quit.

Staying motivated

Here are some things that can help your motivation to quit.

When you quit, your baby will: more likely be born at the right time and at a healthy weight; more likely be born without birth defects; and less likely die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). You also lower the chances of your baby suffering from illness in their early years.

By quitting, you will be less likely to have a miscarriage or problems during pregnancy, such as excessive bleeding and high blood pressure. You also will be less likely to have problems during birth, and have a better chance for safe labor.

Help to quit

Free, confidential, evidence-based help to quit smoking, vaping, or tobacco for New Yorkers.

It is never too late.

Quitting sooner than later is best, but quitting at any time will give you and your baby a healthier life.

Steps to help you quit

Get Support

Talk about quitting smoking with family, friends, a Quit Coach, your healthcare provider or doctor. People who will support you while you quit, and be there when you need them.
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Identify triggers

What makes you want to smoke? Make a list and think of ways to avoid them — maybe that's playing a game, reading, exercise that's safe for you, thinking of your reasons to quit.
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Talk with a healthcare provider

If you're pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, it's important to talk with your healthcare provider or doctor about quitting smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy, like the patch, gum, lozenge and more, are not recommended if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

Talk with a healthcare provider about medications or alternatives that may be right for you. They are the best person to provide you with safe, effective options during your pregnancy.
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Staying smoke-free after your baby is born –

Along with your bundle of joy, there will be new stressors and old smoking triggers. Staying a smoke-free mom can be hard, but planning now will help you beyond your pregnancy.

Motivation to stay a smoke-free mom –

Breastfeeding while smoking exposes a new baby to nicotine and other substances that have been linked to colic and SIDS.
Your baby, and younger children, have fewer colds and ear infections, and not smoking also reduces their risk of pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma.
As children grow without exposure to secondhand smoke, they tend to miss fewer days of school due to asthma and breathing illnesses. They also are less likely to smoker in the future.
Not smoking also means you can reduce the aging process caused by smoking. This will help your skin, teeth, and hair look younger for longer.
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Last updated 10/11/2022 1:40 PM
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