The danger of just cutting down means that you are likely to inhale the smoke harder and breathe in higher levels of carbon monoxide (CO), a toxic gas. CO from cigarette smoke travels to the baby through your bloodstream and restricts their oxygen supply.
Cutting down may seem ideal and a start on the road to being a non-smoker, but there is no such thing as a ‘safe’ cigarette or a ‘safe’ number to smoke in pregnancy. Reducing how much you smoke may not make it easier to quit.
You may have decided to cut down because you are worried about your baby’s health but the only way to make sure that your baby is not being affected is to stop smoking completely.
If you stop completely the CO will disappear out of your body in a day and you will eventually stop craving nicotine. However, if you carry on smoking and just smoke less you are likely to still experience cravings and may feel anxious and pre-occupied about when you can next smoke.
Using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can really help as your level of nicotine can be reduced slowly until you no longer need any.
We can help you quit, you don’t have to do it alone.
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