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Smoking and your unborn baby

Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It is never too late to stop smoking. Every cigarette you smoke in pregnancy harms your unborn baby as cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals. They restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby, so their heart has to beat harder every time you smoke. When booking at Kingston, you will be given the opportunity to attend the Smoking Cessation Clinic.

Second-hand smoke can also cause low birth weight and cot death. Babies whose parents smoke are more likely to be admitted to hospital for bronchitis and pneumonia during the first year of life. More than 17,000 children under the age of five are admitted to hospital every year due to the effects of second-hand smoke. More information about smoking in pregnancy, benefits on stopping smoking, secondhand smoke and smoking cessation can be found here.

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