British Pregnancy Advisory Service

E cigarettes in pregnancy

Hello everyone

I hope this is the right place for this question. It's a long story but here goes...

I found out I was pregnant unexpectedly at about 6 weeks. I wasn't sure what to do and I wasn't sure if o wanted to be pregnant and have a baby. I stopped smoking and drinking and Switched to e cigarettes while I made up my mind. Then I went to my Gp at 8 weeks because I thought I wanted to have the baby. But he said e cigarettes were as bad and each time I smoke it's like I'm choking my baby in a way and I've been smoking and then smoking w cigarettes for 9 weeks and I'm scared about the damage I've done. And I don't know if I can stop all together. Does anyone have any advice? Is anyone using e cigarettes now? I thought it was better for me so better for baby? I'm so stressed and confused any advice would help.

Thank you!


2 Replies

Hi there

I'm sorry to hear you didn't have the best time with your GP. I would recommend seeking a second opinion, because you have tried to do everything right, and I don't thing the GP comments are helpful. Try and talk to a midwife and she may be able to put you in touch with a smoking cessation team, who will know what the best advice is. Good luck.

I hope this helps in some way.

Best wishes



e gics still have nicotine in them which can cause nicotine addiction to babies (the same as smoking does)

the difference between cigs and ecigs is the other crap which damages your lungs in cigs, the ecigs can still harm the baby as the nicotine is in your bloodstream which is obviously going to affect the baby

however there are many people who smoke when early preg as they do not yet realise they are pregnant

if you want to keep the baby and for it to be healthy I would suggest quitting, reducing will also much better if you cannot stop completely, there are programmes available to help you quit

your gp really should have given you more advice about smoking and pregnancy, do you have a family planning clinic near you? if so arrange to go there and speak to someone about this


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