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Smoking When You're Planning a Pregnancy

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Quitting smoking isn't easy.

But if you’re planning a pregnancy, it’s one of the most important things you and your partner can do for your baby's health - and your own.

Smoking and second-hand smoke are harmful to everyone, and unborn babies are even more vulnerable. Cigarettes contain chemicals that enter the baby's bloodstream, increasing the chances of low birth weight, preterm delivery and reduced lung function.

If you find it very hard to quit, try at least cutting down. And remember that a smoke-free home is best for your, and your family's, health.

Breaking the habit

If you need help to stop smoking:

  • See your health care provider.
  • Join a stop smoking program.
  • Contact QuitNow by phone at 8-1-1 for free, confidential, no pressure counseling and support from trained specialists. Or you can visit the QuitNow BC website for online support. 
  • Call your public health office or HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1, or go to the HealthLink BC website, for information on local stop smoking programs.

If at first you don't succeed, try again. Remember not to get discouraged - breaking the habit can be tough. 

Butt Out

If you or your partner is a smoker, it could affect your chances of conceiving.  Tobacco smoke has been linked to low sperm counts, abnormal sperm, menstrual disorders, spontaneous abortions, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), infertility and other health conditions.

Resources & Links:

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?
Quitting Smoking: Preventing Slips or Relapses

Last Updated: August 1, 2013