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Smoking and Pregnancy - The Townsville Hospital

Quitting smoking before or during pregnancy is the single most effective means of protecting your baby and yourself from the development of serious complications during pregnancy.

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.

For more information about smoking during pregnancy or for help quitting, visit Quitnow.


Australian Government, 2012,

Last updated: 23 October 2012