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Hertfordshire County Council

Love Your Bump

We know trying to give up smoking can be difficult, even when you know it's the right thing to do for your baby. We can help.

Benefits of quitting

The moment you stop, both you and your baby will start to feel the benefits.

For you:

  • More likely to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, with a reduced risk of stillbirth.
  • Save money. The average smoker saves around £150 a month or more – nearly £2,000 a year.
  • Feel fitter and have healthier skin and teeth.
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For your baby:

  • Cope better with any birth complications.
  • Less likely to have problems like asthma, learning difficulties or diabetes.
  • Less likely to develop infections or problems during or after labour.



Is smoking less enough?

Cutting down isn't enough. Every cigarette can have a damaging effect. But as soon as you quit, you'll be reducing the harmful effects smoking has on your baby.


Can I use medication like gum or patches if I'm pregnant?

Yes. There are several safe and effective products you and your partner can get for free. Our stop smoking advisors can tell you about the options.


I know people who smoked during pregnancy and had a healthy baby.

All pregnancies are different, but you can ensure your baby has the best start in life by kicking the habit.


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Our Stop Smoking Service

Contact us for free, non-judgemental advice and support. Our stop smoking advisors will ensure that you, your partner, friends and family get the right support to quit and will help you every step of the way.