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Smoking During Pregnancy

smoking for twoIf you are pregnant, it is never too late to quit smoking. There are benefits to quitting smoking at any stage of your pregnancy. Quitting as soon as possible will help protect you and your baby from some health problems.

Smoking during pregnancy affects the placenta, the source of your baby’s food & oxygen. Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide travel from your bloodstream to your baby’s. Nicotine increases baby’s heart rate. Carbon Monoxide lowers the amount of oxygen to your growing baby and can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and birth defects such as cleft lip or cleft palate. Studies have shown that children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are at greater risk of learning problems and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

If you are pregnant, and would like help to quit smoking, contact Diana Giesler at the health department. 573-883-7411