A Healthy Start Can Begin Now
Sunday, November 25, 2012
A healthy pregnancy begins before you ever become pregnant. Give yourself the best chance for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby before you start down the road to motherhood. If you smoke, now’s a great time to quit.
Quitting smoking before (or during) pregnancy is one of the most important steps you can take to increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy and healthy lifetime for your baby. If you quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke before you become pregnant, you may:
Have an easier time getting pregnant
Avoid miscarriage (loss of the pregnancy) or premature birth
Have a baby with adequate birth weight
Have a baby who isn’t extra cranky or restless, or gets sick often Help your baby avoid health problems such as chest colds and coughs, asthma, and more ear infections than other babies
Even if you smoked and had a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby in the past, every pregnancy is different. And quitting smoking at any time during pregnancy―especially early in your pregnancy― can help your baby make a healthy entrance into the world.
Once your baby is here, staying smoke free is just as important for your baby and you. Forever Free for Baby and Me offers pregnant women and new mothers practical tips for remaining smokefree after you’ve quit.