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How to quit smoking when you're pregnant or breastfeeding

Stopping smoking at any time during your pregnancy will give your baby a healthier start in life. Here are some handy tips to help you stop smoking.

Expecting a baby is a great opportunity to consider stopping smoking. We’re here to help. Quitline counsellors are qualified experts who can support you during your pregnancy, along with your doctor, pharmacist or maternity care provider.  

Tips for quitting smoking during pregnancy:

  • Contact Quitline 13 7848 for support. Our friendly Quitline counsellors will work with you to help you build and keep up your motivation, create a personalised plan that works for you, and provide guidance and encouragement along the way. There are many ways to contact Quitline:

  • When the urge to smoke strikes, remember the 4Ds:

    • Delay acting on the craving for at least five minutes, the urge will pass 

    • Deep breathe slowly and deeply 

    • Do something else to keep your hands busy 

    • Drink water to take ‘time out’, sip slowly. 

  • If your partner or other people in your household smoke, consider encouraging them to stop smoking or to only smoke outside (and away from you). 

Using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) while pregnant or breastfeeding

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) may be an option.  Talk to your maternity care provider, doctor or pharmacist to discuss what is right for you.

Please note,this information is for general use only.  Please consult your health professional for further advice.  

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Last updated March 2024

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