When you light your cigarette in pregnancy, you're not the only one who smokes - Your baby does to!
Not a good habit anyway, smoking can have serious consequences for your baby if you keep it up throughout your pregnancy.
Ignorance is bliss ... ...but have a look at the reasons below to know why you must stop smoking in pregnancy:
* You're more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby
*You'll be able to cope better with the birth
*Your baby will cope better with any birth complication
*Your baby is less likely to be born too early and have to face the additional breathing, feeding and health problems which so often go with prematurity
*Your baby is less likely to be born underweight and have extra problems in keeping warm
*It will be better for your baby later too as children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer later on from illnesses like asthma
*You will reduce the risk of cot death for your baby
Remember that when other people smoke around you, they are still causing harm to your unborn baby who is inhaling the smoke anyway. So if someone around you smokes, move away.