Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Smoking when you are pregnant or postpartum can lead to serious health problems for you and your baby.
Pregnancy and Tobacco Use
Using tobacco products during pregnancy — cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, hookah and smokeless tobacco — exposes potentially lethal toxins to you and your baby. Tobacco products introduce these chemicals to your bloodstream, which your baby shares with you. The fate of your child relies on your choices.
Nicotine should never be used by pregnant women. Pave the way for you and your child to lead a smoke-free pregnancy and a smoke-free life.
EFFECTS ON THE MOTHER
Protect your growing family, and avoid nicotine during and after pregnancy. When pregnant women use tobacco, they can:
- Have decreased energy.
- Struggle to breathe.
- Experience more fertility issues.
- Have a higher likelihood of miscarriage.
- Have a higher risk of delivering early.
- Be susceptible to the placenta separating from the womb early and causing dangerous bleeding.
Effects on the Baby
Developing fetuses are especially vulnerable to the dangerous effects of nicotine. If tobacco is used during the pregnancy, the baby can:
EFFECTS ON THE BABY
Developing fetuses are especially vulnerable to the dangerous effects of nicotine. If tobacco is used during the pregnancy, the baby:
- Is exposed to harmful chemicals like carcinogens, flavorings that cause lung disease and heavy metals.
- Has a limited oxygen supply.
- Has a limited nutrient supply.
- Experiences irreversible damage to its developing brain and other essential organs.
- Is more vulnerable to birth defects.
- Is more likely to be born prematurely and/or underweight.
- Has a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Following childbirth, infants and children are susceptible to secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Smoking or vaping around children can expose them to the same harmful chemicals that the smoker inhales in the air, secondhand. These chemicals then settle onto surfaces and items, exposing children to thirdhand smoke, which is still harmful.
Remain smoke-free, and ensure your family and friends keep their tobacco habits away from your kids.
TIPS TO QUIT
Start your quit journey today, and enroll in the FREE South Dakota QuitLine program. Pregnant women get free additional support through the Postpartum Program.
Get Quit Support
After enrolling, get all the program benefits, including as many as five sessions with a phone coach and extra support as needed. In addition, pregnant women are eligible for as many as three $25 incentive gift cards for certain milestones met throughout the program, as many as four relapse-prevention calls and a seven-month follow up call after graduation. If relapse does occur postpartum, the waiting period to re-enroll is waived.
If You Quit On Your Own
If you have successfully dedicated the time to quitting tobacco yourself, enroll in the Postpartum Program as many as two weeks before your due date for extra services. Receive a gift card for your initial call and your final call of the program without completing the full program.