We provide high quality healthcare services primarily to the residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, which have a combined population in the region of 530,000.
Just as smoking is bad for you, babies in the womb can be harmed by tobacco smoke because it reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that pass through the placenta from you to your baby.
Smoking when you are pregnant increases your risk of:
Babies and children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy are also at greater risk of:
In addition to the above, 80% of second-hand smoke is invisible and odourless, and it contains more than 4000 chemicals.
Second-hand smoke increases the risk of:
You are three times as likely to quit successfully if you use a combination of stop smoking medicine and specialist help and support from your local Stop Smoking Service (Quit Squad):
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Exposure to carbon monoxide presents a risk to you and your baby and can be caused by smoking during pregnancy or other environmental factors.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless and tasteless poisonous gas present in exhaust fumes, faulty gas appliances, coal/wood fires, oil burning appliances and cigarette smoke.
"Carbon monoxide exposure is especially risky when you are pregnant. It's risky because carbon monoxide affects a growing baby’s access to oxygen, which is needed for healthy growth and development."
You should be offered a screening test at booking and again, at or after 36 weeks of pregnancy, to assess your levels of CO exposure. You can also ask the midwife at any antenatal appointment to test you.
Carbon monoxide testing when you are pregnant could highlight a household problem and prevent further exposure.
How the CO test is done: You breathe into a cardboard tube attached to a handheld monitor. The monitor then shows the reading on its screen, and your midwife will explain the result.
High levels of CO? The usual reason for a high level on the reading is exposure to cigarette smoke, either from your own smoking or contact with other people’s smoke. High levels can also mean you have a faulty gas or heating appliance at home or you have been in a car with a faulty exhaust.
Your midwife can share with you ways of eliminating your exposure, and if you are a smoker, or someone you live with is a smoker, then she can signpost you to support on quitting.