Smoking is not only bad for you, it’s bad for your baby, too. If you smoke during your pregnancy, your baby could be born low birth-weight or have health problems later on. In Baltimore City, babies who are exposed to smoke
in the womb are 5x more likely to die from SIDS than babies not exposed to cigarette smoke. But any kind of smoke is bad for your baby -- cigarettes, cigars, e-cigs, vapes, and marijuana.
Explore this page to learn more about why it's important to be smoke free for your baby, common concerns, tips for quitting, and smoking cessation support.
Every day that you do not smoke, you are doing something great for yourself and your baby -- you should be proud of yourself. To fully protect your baby, your baby’s daycare center or caregiver’s home should be smoke-free as well.
If you're pregnant and you smoke...
If you quit during pregnancy, your baby is more likely to:
Be born healthy
Have strong lungs that work well
Be less fussy and develop fewer earaches
Get sick less.
And you will:
Have more energy and breathe more easily
Save money that you can spend on other things
Have better smelling hair and clothes
Enjoy the taste of your food more
Feel good knowing you’ve done something great for yourself and your baby.
Everything changes when you’re pregnant. Now is the time to quit.
Quitting Smoking: Common Concerns and Myths
Tips for Quitting
Congratulations on making the important first step to better health for you and your baby. The best strategy is to set a plan and to take quitting one day at a time.
Getting Ready to Quit
Plan a date to quit smoking and work toward it.
Ask for help. Tell your friends, family, and doctor about your plan to stop smoking.
Throw away all cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters.
Plan how you will deal with stress—listen to music, take a walk, or talk to a friend who doesn’t smoke.
Reward yourself. Put a quarter in a jar for every cigarette you skip. Use the money to treat yourself.
Keep yourself motivated. Write down why you are quitting and remind yourself about it daily.
Not ready to quit? Try skipping 3 or 4 cigarettes a day.
If you're planning to quit smoking, identifying people to support you is key to your success. Those people can be friends and family, or you can reach out to organizations in Baltimore City who are here to support you on your quit journey.
Talk to other birthing families about dealing with stress.
Patterson Park North & East:
Smoking Cessation MD Quitline
You can earn gift cards for calling the Quitline while you are pregnant and after your baby is born.
Smoking Cessation Classes
Referrals to smoking cessation counseling and classes.