February is Heart month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in Wisconsin. Smoking cigarettes can double your risk of experiencing a heart attack. If you’re pregnant, smoking can affect not only your health but also the health of your baby. Smoking during pregnancy is a leading cause of premature birth and low infant birth weight. Infants living with families who smoke are at greater risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as well as living with chronic diseases like asthma and bronchitis.
Mothers who smoke have many reasons to quit smoking. Take care of your health and your unborn baby’s health. The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation sponsors a program called First Breath which helps pregnant women across the state of Wisconsin quit smoking. If you’re pregnant and ready to quit smoking, your health care provider can help you find a First Breath site nearby. Quitting smoking is hard but you can do it with help. Give yourself and your unborn baby a gift that will last a lifetime!
Carol Schwartz RN BSN
Assistant Nurse Manager