Positive effects of stopping smoking
How to get help
Stop smoking now and both you and your baby will get the benefits immediately. The carbon monoxide and other chemicals quickly leave your body. It means there’s more oxygen in your blood, making you and your baby much healthier.
You’re up to four times more likely to quit smoking successfully with NHS support. Call the NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 9 169 now to find out more about the free NHS support available to help you go smoke-free.
Benefits to your health and your baby's begin the minute you stop smoking
20 MinutesBlood pressure and pulse return to normal
1 HourRisk of complications during, pregnancy becoming less
8 HoursNicotine levels fall, circulation improves
1 DayLungs begin to work better, carbon monoxide removed from body
2 DaysNicotine removed from your body, smoking no longer affecting baby’s growth
3 DaysEnergy levels increase, breathing becomes easier
2 WeeksDaily tasks become easier to do, withdrawal symptoms begin to ease
1 MonthWithdrawal symptoms have stopped, breathing and energy levels continue to improve
6 MonthsYour baby less likely to suffer breathing problems, asthma, wheezing, glue ear or be hospitalised.
Your children less likely to smoke when they get older. Risks of heart attack, cancer ‘smoking’ diseases begins to fall