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Tobacco and pregnancy infographic.


Tobacco and Pregnancy (Text Version)

[Cigarette illustration with smoke covering the page]

Smoking during pregnancy is dangerous for you and your fetus. If you use cigarettes or e-cigarettes, now is the time to quit.

[Profile view of a pregnant figure, colored in shades of brown]

Quitting smoking will help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

[Cigarette icon with a no symbol (red circle with a red diagonal line) in front of it]

Risks for your fetus

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  • Delayed growth
  • Higher chance of being born too early
  • Permanent brain and lung damage
  • Higher risk of stillbirth

Risks for your newborn

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  • Smaller size at birth
  • Colic with uncontrollable crying
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Development of obesity and asthma during childhood

Risks For You

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  • Ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the uterus)
  • Problems with the placenta
  • Problems with your thyroid
  • Water breaking too early

Did You Know?

  • Nicotine is only one of 4,000 toxic chemicals in cigarettes.
  • Using e-cigarettes (vaping) is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes.
  • Other smokeless tobacco products, like snuff and gel strips, also are not safe.
  • Secondhand smoke can cause growth problems for your fetus and increase your baby’s risk of SIDS.

If you need help quitting, talk with your obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) or other health care professional. Or call the national smoker’s quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. [phone icon]

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes that pregnant women who use tobacco should receive counseling to help them quit. Your ob-gyn or other health care professional can offer advice about quitting at your first prenatal visit or at any time throughout your pregnancy.

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PFSI014: This information is designed as an educational aid to patients and sets forth current information and opinions related to women’s health. It is not intended as a statement of the standard of care, nor does it comprise all proper treatments or methods of care. It is not a substitute for a treating clinician’s independent professional judgment. For ACOG’s complete disclaimer, visit www.acog.org/WomensHealth-Disclaimer.

Copyright April 2020 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, posted on the internet, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the publisher.