Give Your Baby a Healthy Start to Life

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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All parents want their children to grow up happy and healthy. But, did you know that smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a higher chance of having a baby with certain birth defects and health problems? It has also been linked to the death of some babies. Continuing to stay smokefree after your baby is born is another important piece of making sure your baby has a healthy start to life.

Here are some examples of the kind of problems that smoking during pregnancy can lead to:

  • More ear infections than other babies

  • Chest colds and coughs, such a bronchitis and pneumonia

  • Asthma and wheezing problems

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

If you smoked and had a healthy pregnancy in the past, it does not guarantee your next one will be healthy, too. Every time you smoke during pregnancy you put your baby’s health at risk. 

The good news is that quitting smoking reduces these risks. And the earlier in your pregnancy you quit, the better (quitting at any time benefits both you and your baby). Give your baby a healthy start to life. Check out Forever Free Baby and Me for more information about quiting when you're pregnant.

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