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1 in 6 pregnant women in Bedworth, Nuneaton and north Warwickshire put their unborn babies at risk Posted on 12 Mar 2020

Over 150 women were recorded as smoking during pregnancy in Bedworth, Nuneaton and North Warwickshire last year, figures reveal. With No Smoking Day, 11 March, the local NHS is highlighting all the NHS support available to pregnant women to help them quit smoking.

NHS Digital data* shows 16 per cent of mums who gave birth between April and September 2019 in Nuneaton, Bedworth and north Warwickshire were smokers – representing 159 out of the 984 maternities recorded during that time. This is above the 10.4% national average for mothers who smoke at the time of delivery.

Stopping smoking will help both mum and baby immediately. Harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, and other damaging chemicals will clear from your body. Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it's never too late to quit.

Dr Imogen Staveley, local GP and Deputy Chair at NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“Having a baby in this country is now safer than ever but women who smoke during pregnancy put themselves and their baby at avoidable risk. Quitting smoking is vital for a healthy mum and a healthy baby.

“The risks of smoking during pregnancy are serious, from premature delivery to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). No matter what stage of their pregnancy women are in, it's never too late to stop smoking..”

The NHS offers specialist free support to help women stop smoking in pregnancy. Free help and advice is available by calling the Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044. Women can also register with Smokefree at https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/smoking-in-pregnancy. Start4Life at https://www.nhs.uk/start4life also has lots of helpful tips and advice for a healthy pregnancy. Your GP practice can also provide support to help stop smoking.

*Statistics Source: https://bit.ly/2P6v8hw

© NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group
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