Q & A: How to Have a Smoke-free Pregnancy

Q: I know I shouldn’t smoke during pregnancy, but what can I do to quit?

A: Ask your caregiver for information about quitting. He or she may also provide a list of local smoking cessation programs. In addition, you can visit http://www.cancer.org for helpful tips, as well as other web sites of organizations that help people stop smoking. One thing not to do is use smoking substitutes (nicotine patch, gum, or nasal spray) during the first trimester. They can increase the risk of malformations in your baby if used when his organs and structures are forming.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

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