Embracing a Smoke-Free Future: MAMA Academy's Call to Action on National No Smoking Day

Published on: 13/03/2024

As National No Smoking Day dawns upon us, it’s a pivotal moment for reflection, action, and commitment, especially for expectant parents. At MAMA Academy, the well-being of parents  and their unborn children is at the heart of everything we do. Today, we want to highlight a critical issue that endangers the health and future of our littlest ones: smoking during pregnancy. Smoking is not just a personal health risk; it’s a direct threat to your unborn baby. Cigarettes are a toxic cocktail of over 4,000 chemicals, each puff depriving your baby of vital oxygen and nutrients. This hazardous exposure can significantly affect your baby’s heart, growth rate, and brain development. The repercussions are severe, with increased risks of low birth weight, a precursor to lifelong health issues like coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The dangers extend beyond growth impediments. Smoking during pregnancy heightens the risk of premature birth, underweight newborns, heightened susceptibility to infections, respiratory conditions like asthma, and tragically, an increased likelihood of SIDS. Moreover, smoking is linked to an array of pregnancy complications, including morning sickness, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriage, birth complications, and most heartbreakingly, stillbirth.

It’s crucial to acknowledge the perils of second-hand smoke as well. Passive exposure to cigarette smoke is equally hazardous for both you and your unborn child. We urge families to create a smoke-free environment, encouraging smokers to take their habit outside, away from expectant mothers. While e-cigarettes have emerged as an alternative for those seeking to quit smoking, they are not without risks. The vapour from e-cigarettes contains metals and toxins, and the full extent of their impact on unborn babies remains unknown.

The message we wish to convey on this National No Smoking Day is one of hope and support. It’s never too late to quit smoking, even if you’re already pregnant. Numerous resources are available to help you through this journey:

NHS Smokefree

NHS Choices


– NHS Pregnancy and Smoking Helpline: 0800 169 9 169

– Your GP, midwife, and health visitor

MAMA Academy stands with you, ready to support and guide expectant parents through the challenges of quitting smoking. By choosing a smoke-free path, you’re not just safeguarding your health; you’re offering your baby the best possible start in life. Let’s unite this National No Smoking Day to create a healthier, brighter future for all our children. Together, we can make a difference