CORONATION Street actress Samia Ghadie has launched a campaign to encourage expectant parents to quit smoking.
The campaign, Mind The Bump, highlights the dangers of smoking when pregnant and also raises awareness of the risks of passive smoking from other family members.
As part of the launch, Samia, who is expecting her second child later this year, met pregnant women from across the region at Doncaster Hospital’s antenatal unit, including two from Rotherham.
To celebrate their achievement of kicking the habit, and to encourage other expectant parents to do the same, the smokefree mums-to-be had their baby bumps painted with local landmarks and a stork.
Samia said: “Protecting a baby from cigarette smoke – even before they are born – is one of the best things both parents can do to give their baby a healthy start in life.
“I’m really pleased to be supporting this campaign, which highlights just how much help and support is available for smokers to quit.
“It’s never too late to stop smoking and a new baby can be a great reason to quit for any family member, whether you’re pregnant, an expectant father or you’re about to become a grandparent.”
One cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals, which can harm an unborn baby.
Smoking can lead to complications during pregnancy, as well as an increased risk of premature birth, breathing problems and even stillbirth.
In addition, children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer from asthma and other more serious illnesses.
There is also an increased risk of cot death among babies whose parents smoke.
See this week’s Advertiser to hear from two expectant Rotherham mums who talk about their stop smoking journey.
For help to stop smoking call 01302 876 290.
Or for a free pregnancy support DVD call the NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline on 0800 1699169, or visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree.