Are You Pregnant and Need Help To Stop Smoking?
9:34am 9th October 2014
If you’re pregnant and smoke, stopping now is the single most important thing you can do for the health of you and your baby.
North Yorkshire County Council is working with the NHS to make sure mums to be – and parents and carers of young children – know what the dangers are and what free help there is for anyone who wants to stop smoking. Even if they’ve smoked in their first months of pregnancy it’s never too late to quit. It benefits both mother and baby immediately.
Dr Lincoln Sargeant, North Yorkshire County Council’s Director of Public Health:
“Most mums know smoking whilst pregnant isn’t good for them or their baby, but that doesn’t make it any easier for them to quit. And they may not be aware of the real harm cigarettes are doing to the baby, or what support there is to help them stop."
“Smoking in pregnancy is linked to increased risk of miscarriage, underweight babies and birth defects. It can also cause breathing problems like asthma in children. Cigarette smoke contains toxins that pass from the mother’s blood to the unborn baby and affects the baby’s growth and development.”
New u 4 baby is a dedicated team of NHS Specialist Smoking in Pregnancy Advisors offering pregnancy-specific free advice and expert guidance. Evidence shows that pregnant women have a much better chance of quitting with intensive motivational support from a Specialist Smoking in Pregnancy Advisor combined with approved nicotine replacement therapy.
Lauren is one of the service’s successful quitters:
“The advisor was brilliant. She believed in me and I found her really easy to talk to. I could not have stopped without her."
Siobhan Farnsworth is a specialist smoking in pregnancy advisor:
“The pregnant women who use the New u 4 baby service can gain so much from the achievement of quitting because they sometimes lack confidence in themselves."
“A big part of my work with pregnant women is helping them understand their addiction to nicotine and - by using motivational behaviour change techniques and lots of encouragement –enable them to quit and transfer that self-belief to other aspects of their life”.
For more information please telephone the New u 4 baby team at North Yorkshire NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0300 303 1603 (local rate).
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