Pregnancy and Tobacco Use

Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to the QuitLink. Expecting a baby is an exciting time and may give you a new reason to think about quitting tobacco. You may also want to quit smoking for a number of other reasons at this time in your life. We know that quitting is a very tough thing to do in any stage of life. Making a quit attempt can be a hard thing to do. We are here to help you through the process with no judgement and stigma, but with encouragement and compassion. The staff at the Maine Tobacco HelpLine are ready to support you in your decision and help you lean into what is motivating you to quit at this time.

Get Support:

You are not alone. The Maine Tobacco HelpLine offers free, confidential, supportive help over the phone. You’ll work with a nationally certified and trained quit coach to make a personal plan for you and help you reach your quit goals

If you are thinking about quitting, learn more about how the Maine Tobacco HelpLine can support you in your quit attempt. Contact the Maine Tobacco Helpline today and take the first step to a healthier future with your baby.

We encourage you to follow up with your doctor about any questions you may have about quitting or cutting back your tobacco use.

Know the Risks:

Smoking, vaping and tobacco use during pregnancy and the post-partum period can be harmful to both you and your baby’s health. When you use tobacco while pregnant there are increased risks to you and your baby that include:

Risks for Women
Risks for Your Pregnancy
  • Increased risk of giving birth too early
  • Increased risk of having a baby with a low, unhealthy birth weight
  • Increased risk of miscarriage, pre-term labor, or stillbirth
  • Increased risk of complications with the placenta, the organ that helps your baby grow and develop
Short Term Risks for Your Baby
  • May cry and scream more than normal
  • May have more trouble sleeping
  • Increased risk of low birth weight and decreased brain volume
  • May develop asthma, more colds, coughs, and ear infections
  • Increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Increased risk of serious birth defects like cleft lip or cleft palate
Long Term Risks for Your Baby
  • Increased risk of developing behavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • May have poor reading and math skills
  • Increased risk of using tobacco themselves
  • May experience stunted growth

After the Baby is Born:

Post-Partum

The post-partum period can be difficult, beautiful and an overwhelming time in any parent’s life. It can be easy to want to lean on old coping mechanisms when the stress increases. The highest rate of relapse for women who quit or cut back on their tobacco use during pregnancy is from birth to 6 months post-partum. The staff at the Maine Tobacco Helpline is here to help you find success in your quit attempt even if life gets stressful.

Breast-Feeding

If you make the choice to breastfeed your baby and use tobacco products, you are exposing your baby to the harmful substances through your breastmilk. Talk to your doctor about the risks associated with tobacco use while breastfeeding.

Protect Your Baby from Secondhand & Thirdhand Smoke

There is NO risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Keep your family and home healthier by removing secondhand and thirdhand smoke from your home.
Here’s what you can do:
Get the facts – Learn more about the effects of secondhand and thirdhand smoke
Take the pledge – Commit to keeping your home smoke-free and taking it outside.

The first step to quitting tobacco is being ready.

The Maine Tobacco HelpLine can help you get started – click on the option below that seems right for you.

Call to Quit
Call now and speak with a Maine Tobacco HelpLine Quit Coach to develop a quit plan.
Enroll Online
Continue to our Online HelpLine Registration Portal to enroll for Maine Tobacco HelpLine services, create a quit plan and connect to a Maine Tobacco HelpLine Quit Coach.