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HealthInfo West Coast-Te Tai Poutini

Smoking in pregnancy

The bottom line is that smoking is harmful to both you and your baby. Ideally you should stop smoking before you become pregnant. However, it is never too late to stop smoking during your pregnancy and for your baby to gain the benefits.

Stop-smoking service for pregnant women

If you are pregnant and continue to smoke you should contact either the West Coast DHB Stop Smoking Service (at Grey Base and Buller hospitals) or Oranga Hā – Tai Poutini (phone 0800‑456‑121). These services provide personalised programmes to help pregnant women quit smoking.

The smokefree pregnancy incentive programme provides grocery or fuel vouchers for every week that you are smokefree after your quit date (up to a total of 12 weeks and a value of $300). You can also get a $25 voucher for keeping the first appointment, whether you sign up to the programme or not.

Even if you don't choose to be smokefree, these services can help you make sure that your baby is a safe as possible when it is born.

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Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed June 2018.

See also:

How to become smokefree

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