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How can I support my pregnant partner in eating well?
Although you don't need to make any specific adjustments to your diet, it is best to support your partner and keep a healthy diet. It is also important that you are aware of what foods your pregnant partner should avoid should you cook a meal. For more information, visit our healthy eating page.
What impact can smoking have on my baby?
Smoking can restrict the oxygen supply to your baby and increases the risk of complications during both pregnancy and birth. Its impact can then extend to later life, as your child may be more likely to suffer from asthma and other serious illnesses. Find out how stopping smoking benefits your baby.
What can I do to support my partner who wants to breastfeed?
Support from partners can help women to breastfeed for longer. There are a range of ways in which you can support your partner, from doing bits around the house to arranging paternity leave at work. For more information, see the NHS guide to supporting a woman breastfeeding.
What services and support can I go to to help me stop smoking whilst pregnant?
There are many services in Derbyshire and Derby City which can help you quit smoking. For more information on these, please see our Quit Smoking page.
Why should I think about stopping smoking during my pregnancy (for me and my baby)?
Smoking is harmful for both you and your baby, and can lead to complications for the baby both during and after birth. The NHS has produced a video with everything you need to know for stopping smoking during pregnancy.
How can I decide whether breastfeeding is right for me or not?
Do some research on breastfeeding yourself, speak to health professionals supporting you through your pregnancy and beyond and talk to those who have experience of breastfeeding to get as much information as possible. Once you have a range of information, think about what is best for you and your life.
Do I need to change my diet whilst pregnant?
It is best to keep a healthy diet whilst pregnant, and there are some foods which you should avoid. See our healthy eating page for more advice on food and diet during pregnancy.
Do I need to change my diet whilst breastfeeding?
You don’t need to eat or avoid anything in particular, but you should keep a healthy diet. See our healthy eating page for more advice on food and diet through pregnancy and breastfeeding.
My partner is pregnant, so why should I stop smoking?
Research suggests that pregnant people are more likely to smoke if their partner does. Support your partner and quit together.
I’m pregnant and I want to stop smoking; do I have to stop smoking in one go or can I cut down gradually?
No matter what stage you're at in your pregnancy, it's never too late to stop smoking. It can be difficult, but smoking is much more harmful to your baby than any stress quitting may bring. See our quit smoking page for more information and advice.