Tobacco and Pregnancy | ACOG

Tobacco and Pregnancy |  ACOG

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Tobacco and pregnancy infographic.

Tobacco and Pregnancy (Text Version)

[Cigarette illustration with smoke covering the page]

Every pregnancy is dangerous for you and your fetus. If you use cigarettes or e-cigarettes, now is the time to quit.

[Profile view of a pregnant figure, colored in shades of brown]

Quitting smoking will help a healthy pregnant and a healthy baby.

[Cigarette icon with a no symbol (red circle with a red diagonal line) in front of it]

Risks for the fetus

[fetus icon]

  • Delayed growth
  • Higher chance of being born too early
  • Permanent brain and lung damage
  • Higher risk of stillbirth

Risks for the child

[baby icon]

  • Smaller scale being produced
  • unquenchable cry of colic
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Development of fat and asthma in childhood

For fear

[pregnant woman icon]

  • Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside of the uterus)
  • Problems with cake
  • Problems with your thyroid
  • Water breaking too early

Do you know that?

  • Nicotine is only one of 4,000 toxic chemicals in cigarettes.
  • Using e-cigarettes (vaping) is not a safe place for smoking cigarettes.
  • Other tobacco products, such as gourds and gel-striped trays, are also not safe.
  • Secondly, smoke can cause growth problems for your fetus and increase your baby’s risk of SIDS.

If you need help, talk with your obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) or other health care professional. Or call the national smoker quiet line at 1-800-NEW. [phone icon]

The American College of Midwives and Gynecologists believes pregnant women who use tobacco should receive advice to help them quit. Your ob-gyn or other hygiene professional can give you advice about leaving on your first prenatal visit or at any time during your pregnancy.

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PFSI014: This information has been designed as an educational aid to the sick and presents current information and opinions pertaining to women’s health. It is not intended as an expression of the rule of care, nor does it include all proper treatments or methods of treatment. An independent clinical treatment professional cannot replace the independent professional. For the ACOG report, visit

Copyright April 2020 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced on the retrieval system, posted on the internet, or transmitted in any way, email, mechanical, photograph, photograph, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the editor.

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