Nutrition During Pregnancy


If you smoke during your pregnancy your baby smokes too.

Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of your baby having a low-birth weight, being delivered too early and dying.

Smoking has long-term health risks for your baby too.  If you smoke during your pregnancy your baby has a greater risk for (1) (2):

  • Colds
  • Lung Problems
  • Growth Problems
  • Learning Disabilities

Try to quit smoking before you get pregnant or when you become pregnant.  At the very least–reduce the number of cigarettes as much as possible.  If you need help to stop smoking, talk to your healthcare provider.


  1. Position of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthy Pregnancy Outcome, J. Acad of Nutr & Dietetics, 2014; 114:1099.
  2. Wilson, WH, Lowdermilk, P, Maternal Child Nursing Care, 3rd edition, St. Louis, MO, Mosby, 2006, p 283.