I’ve been smoking and didn’t know I was pregnant. Did I hurt my baby?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions

Likely no. You probably didn’t do any damage to your baby right away. A lot of women are pregnant without even knowing it. Once you do know, the important thing is we’re going to help you quit smoking or cut back. 

The best thing to do would be to quit. That’s a really hard thing to do. But even cutting back will be beneficial. 

You don’t want your baby to become addicted to nicotine, for one thing. Nicotine and the other toxins in cigarettes go from your bloodstream right into the baby. That goes for e-cigarettes, too.  

Smoking puts your baby at risk of being small and puts you at risk of going into premature labor.

Later in the pregnancy it can affect blood pressure. Untreated, high blood pressure can be life-threatening for you and the baby.  

If you quit smoking, not only will you reduce those risks, but you’ll also feel better and have more energy. When your body is nurturing another human being, you can use all the energy you can get!

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