Leaflet on CO2 monitoring which is carried out at booking.

Exposure to carbon monoxide presents a risk to you and your baby and can be caused by smoking during pregnancy or other environmental factors.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless and tasteless poisonous gas present in exhaust fumes, faulty gas appliances, coal/wood fires, oil burning appliances and cigarette smoke.

Smoking when you are pregnant is particularly detrimental to your baby’s health and development.

Carbon monoxide exposure is especially risky when you are pregnant because it affects a growing baby’s access to oxygen, which is needed for healthy growth and development.

You will be offered a screening test to assess your levels of CO exposure, or you can ask the midwife at any antenatal appointment to test you. It is a simple puff breath test which takes seconds.

 Carbon monoxide testing when you are pregnant could highlight a household problem and prevent further exposure.



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