Pregnancy Safety

Q&A: Is It Safe To Quit Smoking Cold Turkey While Pregnant?

I'm pregnant. Can quitting smoking cold turkey hurt me or my baby?

Kicking the habit is definitely the best thing you can do for you and baby, but there is evidence to suggest that people who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day are at a small risk of having seizures if they quit cold turkey. So in this case, you may want to wean yourself gradually. How? First try to cut down to five cigarettes a day and slowly work down to zero. It may take a few weeks for your withdrawal symptoms to subside, but don’t worry — you’ll get there. Don’t feel like you need to go it alone. Speak to your doc for further guidance and advice.

By Kerry Dougherty