I am 13 weeks pregnant and stopped smoking but becauseI''m under a lot of stress, I started smoking again. Can this affect my baby?

Yes. Smoking in pregnancy makes your baby likely to be smaller than he or she would have been and increases the risk of the placenta not working properly. It also increases your risk of delivering early, and of placental abruption (separation), which can be dangerous for both you and the baby. Try to find a pregnancy smoking cessation group-your doctor or midwife can help you in this. If you can''t stop completely, at least try to cut down to less than 5 cigarettes per day.
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