Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your baby to give them a healthy start in life. In Warwickshire, our specialist team of experienced Stop Smoking in Pregnancy advisers provide a friendly, confidential service to help pregnant smokers and their families stop smoking.

We have helped lots of women just like you to quit smoking, and we can help you too.

You are four times more likely to stop smoking with support from Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service than on your own.

Call or text our helpline on 07917 227 004 for more information.

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“We’re not here to tell you to stop. We’re here to support you if you want to quit”

How to get advice and support

If you are a smoker, your midwife will refer to you to this service when booking your first pregnancy appointment.  You can ask your midwife at any time during your pregnancy to be referred to a Specialist Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Adviser, or you can contact the helpline yourself to book an appointment with one of our team by calling or texting 07917 227 004.

Pregnant smokers can also phone the NHS Pregnancy Helpline free on 0300 123 1044. Opening hours are 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, offering confidential counselling for pregnant smokers who want to stop.

What happens next?

A specialist Stop Smoking in Pregnancy adviser will contact you by text and phone to arrange an appointment, we can come and see you at home, you can come to us at one of our clinics or meet at a local community venue if you would prefer.

We can provide free face-to-face support for as long as you may need it to help you stop smoking. We can also give prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy, which includes products like patches, mouth sprays, inhalators and gum. These are free during pregnancy and can help you cope with cravings. Read more about these products here.

Together, we will come up with a plan to help you stop smoking, if that is what you decide.

All our Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service provides:

  • Regular support appointments over the first few months of stopping.
  • Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as patches, lozenges, and other products
  • Advice on using E-cigarettes during pregnancy
  • Free, friendly non-judgmental support & advice.
  • We’re here to give you honest, unbiased support to help you take steps towards a healthy, smoke-free pregnancy
  • Support for partners and family members who want to quit too.

Other women who have quit with us

This is Ellie and her daughter-in-law, Vicky. They both quit smoking with our Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service during Vicky’s pregnancy, hear what happened to them;

This is Trish, she stopped smoking in her pregnancy with the Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service,  watch the video below to hear her story;

Why is it best to stop smoking during pregnancy?

You may have heard a lot about smoking in pregnancy not being good for the baby, but why is it better to stop smoking?

Smoking in pregnancy increases the risks of complications during pregnancy, birth and beyond;

  • In Pregnancy and birth – these include higher risks of miscarriage, slow growth, premature birth, stillbirth and low birth weight.
  • In Infancy – increased risks include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS, or cot death) wheezing and colic.
  • Into Later Childhood – including asthma, behavioural problems (including ADHD), and some cancers.
  • Into Adulthood – these can include higher risks of type 2 diabetes, various cancers, and an increased likelihood of your child being a smoker.

These complications may sound worrying, but the good thing is that by stopping smoking you can reduce these risks to that of a non-smoker.

Lets not forget about you! It is also better for your health if you stop smoking as soon as you can. This will reduce chances of developing heart disease, stroke and various cancers.

Babies of non-smokers are often healthier, happier and more contented. Stopping smoking at any time during pregnancy means that baby and you become healthier straight away.

Find out more about the risks of smoking in pregnancy here

Find out about just a few of the harmful chemicals in cigarettes here

Find out more about the harmful effects of carbon monoxide on your baby here and here

Further Support:pregnant

NHS Stop Smoking Services:

Warwickshire Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service:

Phone: 07917 227 004

Coventry Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service:

Phone: 02476 961 391

Website: www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/

NHS Pregnancy Helpline:

Pregnant smokers can phone the NHS Pregnancy Helpline free on 0300 123 1044. Opening hours are 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 5pm on weekends. They offer confidential counselling for pregnant smokers who want to stop and a flexible call-back service is also available from this number.

Specialist Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Service 

Our specialist Advisers will contact you and are available to come to your home to and work with you, one-to-one, to help you achieve your goal of quitting. We know everyone is different and our specialist Advisers have the knowledge and experience to help find the best way forward for you and your baby.

Doctor’s Surgeries and Pharmacies

You can ask for an appointment directly with the Stop Smoking Adviser at your own surgery or alternatively some local pharmacies have a specialist Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Adviser in store, just for you. Pop in or call them to make an appointment if you are ready to quit.

Support Websites/Helplines

NHS – ‘Your pregnancy and baby guide’

Website: nhs..uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby

Tommys – a charity providing midwife-led pregnancy health information and support.

Website: www.tommys.org/pregnancy

Facebook: facebook.com/tommys

MIND – Mental health charity providing information, support, local groups and an online chat platform.

Website: www.mind.org.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3393

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