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Allison - posted on 07/10/2011
I suppose that is easy for you to say Amanda R. since you are really young. I would have to assume you hadn't been smoking very long in order to go cold turkey. I quit cold turkey with my first but I was very young and had not been a smoker very long. I wouldn't be quick to judge especially with things such as addictions. It is true ad others have said that doctors tell you not to go cold turkey because of the stress and can put on the baby. They typically recommend cutting back. I've also read it's ok to occasionally drink and smoke while breastfeeding. I judged pregos who smoked too before I became pregnant with my second, which is 8 yrs apart from my first. Apparently my addiction had gotten worse over the years after my first because I tried multiple times with little support. A family full of unapologetic smokers and high stress with the permission of your doctor adds up to me smoking while pregnant. Yes I felt guilty and shamed and yet at the same time hopeless and defeated. Addiction affects people differently and at different stages and phases can be too difficult a problem to take head on under certain circumstances. Don't give criticism. Their is plenty enough out there pregos need support and advice :)
Ashley - posted on 09/10/2011
With both my kids the smell of cigarette smoke made me sick. I ended up getting severe migranes to the pt where i was in bed at 7 pm and couldnt lift my head. My doctor told me not to quit cold turkey like that. He it's better to completely cut down which i did. I could go 2 - 3 days without one but every once in awhle i would take a puff from someone or have just one. If i didnt get the migranes i could have easily stopped. I know it's an excuse like everyone else's but i did it both my babies were healthy and i'm not exactly proud of it
Kianne - posted on 09/07/2011
ok well i have to say when i was pregnant with my twins i didn't quit smoking it just stressed me out so i continued smoking and my son has amniotic banding so his left hand has no fingers little nubbs i guess you can call it, i mean he still has a wrist and other than that he is perfectally heallthy in every other way and my daughter is also healthy so but the doctors aren't putting it down to me smoking, but i cant help think that me smoking had something to do with it. and now i have to live with the regret for the rest of my life. But thats just my story and what you do is completly up to you
Amy - posted on 06/07/2010
From what I heard completely removing anything addicting while pregnant can cause more issues than taking the specific thing (pain pils, smoking, etc). As was mentioned cut back as much as you can and make sure you talk to your dr about it and look for them for some support on either cutting back more or anything else that could help you.
Amanda - posted on 06/07/2010
i think its stupid because your diluting your little babies lungs with nicotine and smoke, and they have no choice but to suffer and deal with it. i know i smoked a lot of cigs and weed daily and when i found out i was pregnant both times i quit the day i found out. i know it is hard for some people to do that, but my babies are more important than the satisfaction of smoking a cig that lasts about 5 minutes, but can harm ur baby for life. but its your life, and your child, so its ultimately your decision
Keara - posted on 06/07/2010
i'm 29 weeks and still smoking... not nearly as much as i did before my pregnancy but still quite a bit more than one or two a day... i did talk to my doctor and to my pharmacist and they agreed that the patch or nicorette gum is a healthier option than actually smoking because its not the nicotine that hurts baby its all the other crap that is in the cigarettes... so ask your doctor if thats a good option for you if you'd like to quit... i found that the patch didn't help me tho because my smoking habit is more of an oral thing not the nicotine thing... and we can't use the inhaler... good luck and don't stress
Brandi - posted on 06/07/2010
Fortunately for me, two days after I found out I was pregnant, my taste buds changed. So much that suddenly cigarettes tasted horrible to me. They made me sick at my stomach. The smell of them still makes me feel sick.
That being said, I still crave them and at times I cave and light one up. Smoking during pregnancy is bad for the baby, no matter how little you smoke. However, I think cutting back to one or two a day is much better than smoking a pack or two a day. Just don't stress about it. My mom smoked during all three of her pregnancies and we turned out just fine!
Amber - posted on 06/07/2010
I think that smoking during pregnancy is really a personal choice! As long as you and the baby are healthy it's fine as long as it's not like a pack a day! I smoked with my first daughter too and she came out perfect! However expect people to look at you like your horrible even tho it isn't their business!
Joanna - posted on 06/07/2010
Honestly, it's something that comes with risks, there can be negative effects on the fetus. However, if you look back 20-30 years, our moms were probably smoking a pack a day (I know mine was) and more often than not we came out okay (at least alive, haha, I have scoliosis and a panic disorder but I can't blame that on smoke I guess). I think it's best to do what you can to quit, though, for your health and your baby's. The sooner you quit, the longer you get to live and enjoy your child's life, and the healthier life you will give to your child (quitting now means you won't be so likely to smoke after they're born and expose them to first, second, and third-hand smoke.)
That being said. I'm 20 weeks and quit smoking at 9 weeks, however since then I have smoked 2 cigarettes (very stressful homelife lately especially with my 2 1/2 year old). It's really tough to quit completely especially with the stress of pregnancy. Just do what you can, hun!
Felicia Neikolle - posted on 06/07/2010
I'm going to tell you what my doctor told me when I was pregnant with my daughter (8 yrs ago) and my cousin's doc told her the same thing with her daughter (2 yrs ago) ... try to cut as far back as you can ... and if you can manage to quit completely that is what is best but don't stress yourself over it because the stress on your body (and consequently the baby) from trying to go without a cigarette is more damaging than the cigarette is. I'm not saying that I condone it ... just saying I won't judge you for doing it. I would just try to do your best to get off the need for it ... but if you can't then you can't.
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