If you are a woman who smokes and you are thinking about getting pregnant or are pregnant, now is a good time to
quit smoking. Women who smoke may have a harder time getting pregnant. Women who smoke are more likely to have the following problems: 1
- Stillbirths and miscarriages.
- Babies who grow more slowly in the uterus and weigh less than expected when born (low birth weight).
- Children who have learning, emotional, and behavioral problems.
If you quit smoking before you become pregnant (or sometime during the first 3 months of your pregnancy), your risk of having a baby with low birth weight is the same as that of a woman who does not smoke. Women who quit later in their pregnancy still reduce the risk of problems for their babies.
- Fiore MC, et al. (2008). Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also available online: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/treating_tobacco_use08.pdf.
Current as of: February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Michael F. Bierer MD - Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine