The importance of quitting smoking before pregnancy

Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or just thinking about it, it’s never too early to quit smoking. Smoking has an impact on both the chances of you getting pregnant and the health of your baby once pregnant.

Women who are able to quit smoking before conception or within the first three months of pregnancy, reduce the risk of their baby being born prematurely to the same risk level as non-smokers. Women who stop smoking early in their pregnancy have babies with similar birth weights as babies born to non-smokers.

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Smoking during pregnancy causes health problems for both women and their babies:

  • There’s increased risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, premature birth and birth defects.
  • Studies show that every cigarette smoked increases miscarriage risk by one percent
  • Smoking increases ectopic pregnancy risk, where the baby will not survive and is dangerous for the mother.

It’s not just the mother-to-be who should consider quitting. Smoking affects every stage of the reproduction process – in both men and women.

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  • Smokers take longer to get pregnant than non-smokers and are more likely to have fertility issues.
  • Smoking affects egg and sperm DNA, hormone production, the fertilised egg’s ability to reach the uterus and the environment inside the uterus.
  • Second-hand smoke is almost as damaging as smoking and women who are exposed to it take longer to conceive than women who are not.
  • Men who smoke can have problems getting and keeping erections.
  • Men constantly produce sperm which take about three months to mature. Quitting at least three months before trying for a baby is important to ensure sperm are healthy at conception.

How can I quit smoking?

Quitting can be really difficult but the benefits for parents-to-be and the baby are enormous. If you’ve tried quitting before, you’ll know how hard it can be. Research by stop-smoking brand, Acetium, shows that on average UK smokers have tried quitting five times.

Help is at hand with an entirely new way to quit smoking – a lozenge that helps tackle your nicotine addiction step-by-step as you smoke, changing the ‘pleasure’ of the smoking experience so that you stop for good.

The Acetium lozenge is the first product of its kind that helps you to both kick the smoking habit and overcome nicotine dependency. With Acetium you continue smoking until you feel you no longer want to smoke, helping you quit properly, for good.

How it works

When you smoke a cigarette, acetaldehyde, the major carcinogen found in tobacco smoke, dissolves into your saliva and enters your digestive system. Acetium lozenges contain a natural amino acid, L-cysteine, which effectively binds the acetaldehyde in your saliva forming a harmless compound that is easily excreted from the body.

You should also talk to your doctor about what’s available to help you stop smoking or check out the NHS.

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  1. I really really want to stop..been a smoker since I was around 15 stopped when I was pregnant both times but made the mistake of starting again and just cant seem to stop!! These sound amazing would love to give them a try!!

  2. I’ve been smoking since I was 16, have been diagnosed with copd, so need all the help I can get to quit!

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