When pregnant women smoke they are in danger of having a miscarriage and losing their baby. It hurts the baby because the chemicals from the smoke go through the mother’s body and into the baby’s body. The baby gets sick and traumatised and can be born too early or too small. Big babies are healthy babies. They sleep better at night, feed better and are much easier to look after.
Small, sick babies – which are often born to mothers who smoke – are behind from the very start of their lives.
They can have lots of health problems and this can be really stressful.
When the baby is born and the mother is still smoking, the baby is even more likely to get sick a lot, and is at higher risk of dying from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
The poison from the cigarettes can also get into the mother’s breast milk and is harmful for the baby.