It’s not always easy to quit smoking in pregnancy, but help is available. The Committee on Safety of Medicines says it’s safe for mums-to-be to use NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) to help them.
An NRT patch gives you small doses of nicotine without any of the harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke. Maxine Rhodes of the NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline, says, ‘Our callers are trying NRT with great results. But it doesn’t work on its own, so it’s important to get other support such as talking about it with your partner.’ According to the Department of Health, only one in 17 mums-to-be smoked in 2005 compared with 1 in 5 during 2004.
- NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline: 0800 169 9169.
- Mums-to-be shouldn’t wear patches at night.