Some causes for low birth weight are out of your control, but deciding to quit smoking or vaping is a change you can make today. Taking steps to quit can make a big difference. The good news is, the sooner you stop smoking, the more you increase your chance of having a healthy baby.

Smoking during pregnancy makes you three and a half times more likely to have a low birth weight baby than women who don’t smoke. This means one out of every five babies born to mothers who smoke will be born too small or too early, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All types of smoke, including vapes (also called e-cigarettes) and marijuana, can have this effect. So can “secondhand smoke,” which is inhaled when you’re around people who are smoking.

If you’re an African American woman, you already face a higher risk of having a low birth weight baby than other women, according to March of Dimes. Smoking is an added risk factor that you have the power to control. Let us help you find some peace of mind and give you the best chance of having a healthy baby.