Myths and Facts

 

Myth #1: Smaller babies are easier to deliver

Fact: Not necessarily. Pain during delivery is usually caused by contractions. These happen regardless of the size of the baby. Smaller babies are also more likely to have health complications and may have to stay in the hospital longer.

 

Myth #2: It's too stressful to quit smoking while I'm pregnant

Fact: Most people have stress in their lives and pregnancy means dealing with change. It helps to develop a coping strategies plan, so that you can cope with stress without smoking.

 

Myth #3: “My other babies were okay” or “I can’t see how it can hurt”

Fact: Most people may claim to have “proof” that other women smoked and had healthy babies. Smoking during pregnancy means there is an increased risk of developing problems. But babies may be born healthy. The question is - how much of a risk are you willing to take?

 

Myth #4: If I smoke “light” cigarettes that are low in nicotine and tar, then I don’t do as much damage to myself and the baby

Fact: Light and mild cigarettes do not reduce harm. Smokers often cover the holes in light cigarettes with either their lips or fingers. This means you get the same amount of tar and nicotine as you do from regular cigarettes.

 

Myth #5: It’s too late to quit smoking. It won’t do any good.

Fact: It’s never too late to quit. Ideally, you should quit smoking before becoming pregnant. But you and the baby can benefit from quitting at any time during your pregnancy and even after the baby is born.

 

Other myths related to smoking can be found here

Northern Tobacco Strategy resource: Myths and Facts: Pregnancy and Tobacco

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2001/pdfs/ws_toolkit.pdf