Quitting smoking is one of the best things a mother can do for herself and her baby during pregnancy. Smoking poses many risks to mothers and babies during pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, create problems with the placenta, cause premature birth or low birth weight, and result in birth defects for the baby. Smoking during and after pregnancy also increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.
Shelby County mothers who are pregnant and smoke or who were smokers within three months prior to pregnancy can participate in a program that assists them with quitting smoking and staying quit. Baby and Me Tobacco Free provides education to mothers, and it also provides moms with free diapers for staying tobacco free.
For more information on the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program, contact Shayla Lawrence at (901) 222-9268 or at Shayla.Lawrence@ShelbyCountyTN.gov.