Pregnant women should not smoke. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, women who smoke before or during pregnancy:
- are more likely to experience premature births, pregnancy complications, and stillbirths;
- have babies with a lower average birth weight than women who do not smoke;
- put their babies at an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome; and
- are more likely to put their babies at risk for reduced lung function.
In short, if you are pregnant or think that you may be, do not smoke. You should seek help from your doctor to stop smoking during your pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, you should also know that public health officials have concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of giving birth to a low birth weight baby.