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This Local Maternity System covers the populations registered with the following Clinical Commissioning Groups - Vale of York, Scarborough and Ryedale, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire. If you live in this area we can support you. If you are unsure because you live near our boundaries check with your General Practitioner.
Women registered with GPs within these Clinical Commissioning Groups are likely to receive the majority of their maternity care through midwifery services and obstetric consultant care through one or more of the following hospital Trusts; York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. Some women, babies and families with special requirements may need to travel outside this area.
On this site you can find specialist information about smoking in pregnancy, the effect this may have on you and your baby - and advice if you want to quit. If you are a professional you can find information about local courses and training. If you have any questions you can contact us.
We know you all have different needs that we want to address to support you in your pregnancy journey. If you are looking for information in a different format or language please get in touch with us, or you can call the Smokefree National Helpline for free on 0300 123 1044 (0300 123 1014 minicom) and ask to speak to an interpreter for the language you need.
The helpline is open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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A range of area specific support services to help you stop smoking are available in East Riding, Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and City of York.
If you are looking for help and support to quit smoking during pregnancy anywhere in the Humber, Coast and Vale area then Bump The Habit is here to help and support you.
Vicky, 39, from Hull, used to smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day but has now been smoke-free for four weeks (as of July 2020).
Vicky was at college when she first started smoking. It wasn’t something she thought much about initially, but all of her friends smoked and she soon got caught up with the crowd. Once hooked, it became a habit for her, and she was soon smoking up to 10 cigarettes a day, which increased as she got older.
1 October 2020
This year's Stoptober Campaign is focussing on the benefits to your health of quitting smoking as quit rates are at their highest for a decade. More than a million people stopped smoking during lockdown - why don't you join them?
31 May 2021
Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). This year, WNTD took place on the 31st May 2020 and the theme was 'Protecting Youth from Industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use'.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for you and your baby’s health. At Bump The Habit, we realise it’s a stressful time for you and we are here to give you all the support and help that you need. We offer home visits that work around you and we can also support o ther members of your family to quit at the same time.
Your pregnancy: complications may include bleeding, detachment of the placenta and ectopic pregnancy. The risk of miscarriage and premature birth is also greater
Your birth: chance of stillbirth or death within the first week of life is increased by up to one third
Your baby: on average babies born to women who smoke have low birth weights and are more prone to illness and infections. Your baby is also more likely to suffer defects, such as a cleft palate
Your child: on average, children born to smokers are smaller, have lower achievements in reading and maths and an increased risk of asthma. Your child is also three times as likely to become a smoker themselves
New you: stop now and see the effects almost immediately; the carbon monoxide and other chemicals quickly leave your body increasing the oxygen in your blood which supplies your baby
Myth: I only smoke light cigarettes, so it’s not as bad...
Smokers who switch to ‘light’ or ‘mild’ brands end up compensating for lower levels of tar and nicotine by inhaling smoke more deeply or by smoking more of each cigarette. If you smoke light cigarettes, you will still be putting harmful chemicals into your body.
Myth: I'm pregnant and have been smoking, so there is no point in stopping now.
Quitting smoking at any stage of your pregnancy has health benefits for you and your baby. Even after just one day of not smoking, your baby will get more oxygen. This will help your baby’s lungs develop well. Quitting now also lowers your chances of having a baby with low birth weight.
Myth: Quitting smoking will be too stressful on my baby.
Quitting smoking doesn’t put extra stress on your baby. It’s one of the best things that you can do for your health and your baby’s health during pregnancy—and after the baby is born. By quitting smoking now, you will be protecting your infant from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Myth: Smoking fewer cigarettes during pregnancy is OK.
E-cigarettes are also not harmless as they do contain some toxins, but at far lower levels than found in tobacco smoke. If you are pregnant and smoking cigarettes choosing to vape instead may help you to quit smoking and stay smoke free,
Myth: Smoking relaxes me, and being relaxed is better for me and my baby.
Smoking may make you feel calmer, but it hurts your body more than it helps. The relaxed feeling is only temporary and whatever is causing your stress will likely return. Smoking speeds up your heart rate and increases your blood pressure. It also increases the carbon monoxide in your bloodstream, which means your baby gets less oxygen.
Myth: There is nothing wrong with having a small baby.
Smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of having a low birth weight baby. Babies with low birth weight are more likely to have serious health problems than normal weight babies. These problems can affect your baby’s health now, throughout their childhood, and into adulthood.
Myth: I smoked during my last pregnancy and had a healthy baby, so this next baby will be healthy too.
Every time you smoke during pregnancy, you put your baby’s health at risk. If you smoked and had a healthy pregnancy in the past that does not mean your next one will be healthy, too.
Using hookah pipes (hubbly bubbly) is less harmful than cigarette smoking.
Water pipe smokers, and secondhand smokers exposed to them, are at risk of the same kinds of diseases that are caused by cigarette smoking, including cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, as well as adverse effects during pregnancy.
A World Health Organisation study has suggested that during 1 session on a water pipe (around 20 to 80 minutes), a person can inhale the same amount of smoke as a cigarette smoker consuming 100 or more cigarettes.