Did you know your baby might be smoking?
January 20, 2020
Mothers who smoke early in pregnancy are more likely to give birth to infants with heart defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, fathers, friends, and family that smoke around a pregnant woman also increase the risk to the unborn children.
Chastity Johnson, Director of Women and Children’s Services at Schneck Medical Center shared, “Indiana currently ranks 43rd worst for infant mortality, with a rate of 7.4 deaths per live births.”
Exposure to smoke during pregnancy has been linked to infant death for many years now. However, approximately 13.5 percent of women in Indiana reported smoking during their pregnancies in 2017.
Dr. Adam Jablonski, Schneck Obstetrics & Gynecology, tells us, “Stopping smoking is one of the best things a mother can do – both for her health and the health of her baby.  It decreases several risks for babies, including low birth weight, prematurity, and childhood respiratory illnesses. We encourage patients to tell us if they smoke so we can help them achieve their goal to stop smoking.”
Prevention and tobacco cessation are the best way to prevent birth defects in unborn children. Women should stop smoking before trying to conceive. They should also stay away from people who are smoking.
If you or your loved ones currently use nicotine, talk with your doctor about quitting.
Schneck Medical Center and the Jackson County Health Department offer a free smoking cessation program. Participants learn how to kick the nicotine habit and how to avoid the temptation to start again. Call 812-522-0401 or 812-522-6474 to learn more.
Counseling and support are also available at Nicotine-Anonymous.org and smokefree.gov via phone, text, online and in person. Or, call 800-QUIT-NOW and 800-ACS-2345 for toll-free support.