We strongly recommend that all pregnant women stop smoking or, if this is impossible, cut down as much as possible. Exposure to secondary smoke also must be minimized. Cigarette smoke contains a variety of poisons including nicotine, cyanide, and carbon monoxide, all of which cross over the placenta to the baby. In addition, cigarette smoking has been associated with an increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal growth retardation, and sudden infant death syndrome.
This may be your best opportunity to give up the smoking habit. Please feel free to discuss smoking cessation with us.