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7 Reasons Why Quitting Smoking Should Stay a Part of Your 2014 Resolutions

Quitting smoking may be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for millions of people across the country. However, many end up giving up as soon as they cross off the first couple of weeks. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, make this goal a top priority for 2014, as smoking can cause harm to your health and can cause harm to your unborn baby’s health. Here are seven reasons to quit smoking in 2014:

  1. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS):  Smoking around your baby increases the likelihood of them dying of SIDS up to 2 to 3 times. If you are expecting or have a newborn, there is no better time to quit than right now.1-DE-Blog_1.29.14
  2. Birth defects or disabilities: Heart defects, short arms or legs, clubfoot, and cleft palate are all defects that can occur if women continue to smoke throughout their pregnancy. These disabilities require extra care and may require corrective surgeries through the child’s lifetime.
  3. Difficulty to conceive: Women who smoke have more difficulty getting pregnant. The chances of getting pregnant goes right back to normal when you quit smoking.
  4. Problems during delivery: Smoking during pregnancy doubles a woman’s risk of bleeding too much during delivery. Not only does this put the mother’s life in danger, but the baby’s as well.
  5. Premature birth: Women that smoke are more likely to give birth to a premature baby than women who do not smoke. Babies that are born early can face serious health problems, disabilities, and even death.
  6. Low-birth-weight: Smoking during pregnancy can slow the growth of the baby before it is born. This increases the chance of a mother delivering a low-birth-weight baby (weighs less than 5.5 pounds). Low-birth-weight babies have a higher risk of developing health problems before and after delivery.
  7. Weak lungs: Babies of women who smoke are more likely to have weaker lungs than other babies. Even after delivery, their lungs can weaken if they are exposed to cigarette smoke.

Although it is important to become “cigarette free” from the time of conception, it is never too late for an expectant mother to quit smoking.  The most important thing to remember is that you should strive to quit smoking for good– not just for the duration of your pregnancy.

While many believe that it is safe to begin smoking after the baby is born, there are still multiple health problems that your baby can develop from inhaling second-hand smoke. SIDS and frequent asthma attacks are just two complications that your baby can develop from smoke intake.

Need help to quit?  Call the Delaware Quitline 1-866-409-1858 or visit https://www.quitnow.net/Delaware/