I've been reading this and other topics on this site for a little over a year and decided today to join!
Today I found out that I'm pregnant and Im pretty worried about something serious-Im a pretty heavy smoker and would like to, and know that I need to stop.
I called the dr. today and spoke with a nurse (my appt. is not til 4/30. I wanted to know if the patch/losenge/gum would be ok to use while pregnant and she basically said to just cut back and wait for my appt. If I could quit on my own I would and in some aspects I do know that I could, It's just that I cant. (may make sense to someone). Any advice would be great.
Thanx and you all seem like a great bunch of ladies!
Let me tell you how I quit. I know it doesn't really happen this way, but every time I had the urge to smoke, I would make myself picture my baby in the womb and with every drag of my cigarette, the womb would fill up with smoke and I would see my baby choking. With that vision in my head, cigs went right out the window. I quit cold turkey, that was years ago, and I've never looked back. May sound kind of horrid, but I did what I had to do to stop. I would not allow myself to harm my child.
Rest In Peace, Laci & Connor.
May God Embrace Your Souls & Bring Your Family Peace.
I was fortunate enough to quit smoking 7 months before this pregnancy. Let me recommend a book to you - It's called "Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking". It helped me to quit cold turkey without needing willpower. And I've never been more proud of myself.
In the past I always swore I would quit smoking as soon as I learned I was pregnant. I did get pregnant last year, and it ended in an early m/c. I'm NOT saying that smoking had anything to do with it, but it made me wise up and decide that I needed to be healthier for my baby's sake.
I know this must sound like a commercial, but I highly recommend that book. It comes in paperback and is quite cheap. There is so much more advice that I'd love to give you, but just not enough space!
Best of luck!
EDD: Sept 6th
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i quit smoking because my baby's father has asthma, and asthma is hereditary, and somking can irratate it, and possible cause it to develop. i do not have asthma, but i know it is awful to have, especially when you are younger!!! so that scared me, and i wont have insurance for my kid other than what the government provides, and i hate doctors and my child probably will too so i completely avoid smoke in any way that i can because i do NOT want my child to have asthma. so it got me to quit smoking to thnk about that. they totally turn me off and i used to smoke a pack a day.
Tyler was born 9-18-03 my little angel!
You never know what might happen, I didn't know I was pregnant until a month later, but right around the time I got pregnant I couldn't bear the smell of smoke anymore, or smoke for that matter, it just made me feel sick. To this day if I smell smoke I feel like I can't breath, & I was a smoker for almost 7 years. Maybe motherly instinct will kick in!!
This may sound odd, okay, it will sound odd, but my father and 2 other people I know actually quit by hypnosis. They couldn't believe that it worked, but it did. Check that out. It is drug-free, and there are hypnosis specialists out there.
From what I have heard, the patch is quite dangerous during pregnancy. You should probably hold off, or talk to your pharmacist, he or she may shed some light on it for you. By the way, my Dad was a pack-a-day smoker for over 15 years when this hyptnosis worked, so there must be something to it.
I have learned that I can keep going long after I can't.
What a great start! I'm proud of you already! Just take it one day at a time....
Another thing thay MIGHT have helped me was acupuncture. I went for 3 days in a row starting the day after I quit smoking. According to the practitioner it was supposed to help rid my body of the nicotine withdrawal. I don't know if it really did me any good though, because I already had my mind set on quitting. Whatever works....