Drinking, Smoking, and Your Pregnancy

How to Quit Smoking and Drinking During Pregnancy

Now that you know all the facts, it's time to call it quits. If you're having trouble abstaining from alcohol, you may have a drinking problem and need help. Call the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (800-NCA-CALL), or check your local phone book for an Alcoholics Anonymous chapter in your area. These organizations can help you control your problem.

Smoking is also a tough habit to kick. If you have tried and failed, contact your doctor. She may recommend medication or techniques to help you quit or at least reduce your habit. You may also contact the American Cancer Society (800-ACS-2345) or the American Lung Association (800-586-4872) for further assistance.

Richard H. Schwarz, obstetrical consultant to the March of Dimes, is past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Vice Chairman for Clinical Services, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maimonides Medical Center; and Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, both in Brooklyn, New York.

Originally published in American Baby magazine, May 2006.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your won health or the health of others.

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