Congratulations, you’re on a life-changing journey! You’ve just found out that you’re pregnant and suddenly have another human to look out for. You desperately want to do everything right, and ensure your baby is developing in the healthiest possible way.
But unfortunately, despite knowing it’s super important, you haven’t quite managed to kick your habit of smoking.
That doesn’t make you a bad mum, but it does probably mean you could do with a little more support to help you on your way.
You’re not alone either — over 10% of pregnant women continue to smoke for a variety of reasons.
Pregnancy can be a crazy and difficult time; your hormones are all over the place and you’re adapting to a whole host of body changes (swollen boobs and needing to pee every 2 seconds probably aren’t your favourite aspects of being pregnant). You may also be understably anxious about the arrival of the baby, or you’re worrying about having everything ready in time.
If you’re used to combatting stressful situations by lighting up a cigarette, it’s understandable that this might be your natural go-to during pregnancy as well.
The stigma surrounding pregnant smokers probably isn’t helping either. Feeling judged by strangers as you go about your daily business could heighten stress or leave you feeling down and alone, either of which could make you feel like smoking all the more.
But quitting smoking is the best choice you can make for both you and your unborn baby’s health, no matter how far along you are.
To commit fully to the change, you need to be aware of all the facts, so let’s take a look at why quitting is so important.