Babies in the womb can be harmed by tobacco smoke as it reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that pass through the placenta from you to your baby.
Smoking while pregnant can lead to increased health risks for your baby including:
- Being underdeveloped or have a low birth weight
- Miscarriage or still birth
- Premature birth
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Cot death
- Respiratory (lung) problems such as asthma, chest infections and pneumonia
When you stop smoking both you and your baby will reduce these risks and quickly feel the benefits.