Benefits of quitting

If you’re pregnant, or planning to be, the good news is that by stopping smoking you and your baby benefit straight away. It’s never too late to quit smoking and gain health benefits for you and your baby.

Think about quitting smoking, for yourself and for your baby. There is always a good time to stop smoking—before, during or after the baby is born—the earlier the better.

Ask your health professional for specialised advice to help quit smoking, or call the Quitline on 13 7848.

By quitting smoking before or during pregnancy you are:

  • more likely to conceive naturally and without delay
  • less likely to suffer a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • less likely to deliver your baby prematurely

By quitting smoking before or during pregnancy your baby is:

  • less likely to die at or shortly after birth from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • more likely to be born a healthy weight
  • likely to be more settled and feed better
  • more likely to be discharged home from hospital with you and need less care in hospital.

A baby exposed to tobacco smoke in-utero and through second-hand smoke as an infant is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and be obese as an adult. This risk is increased even if they are non-smokers throughout their lives.