Amanda talks about the weeks her baby spent in a hospital incubator. Amanda smoked during her pregnancy, and her baby was born two months early. Created: 7/7/2014 by Division of Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Date Released: 7/7/2014. Series Name: Smoking and Tobacco Use.
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[Amanda] My name is Amanda. I work with women who are trying to quit smoking. And I have some tips for you in case you’re pregnant or thinking about having a baby.
First thing is, keep trying to quit – or better yet, don’t start smoking. It can cause premature birth, which can then increase the risk of your baby having developmental delays, problems with eyesight, breathing, and more. So don’t give up.
There are people like me who are here to support you. Because I know what can happen if you don’t quit.
Your baby could be born two months early and weigh only three pounds. She could be in the NICU for almost a month. Put in an incubator and fed through a feeding tube that goes through her nose down into her little stomach.
I know that— because I smoked while I was pregnant. And that’s what happened to my little baby.
I quit. You can too. For free help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
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