Advice on stopping smoking??

User - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I know this is a disgusting habit. I'm 16 weeks pregnant and have been trying to stop since i found out. I've tried cutting down, negotine gum, ect. So, please can anyone give me advice on how to kick this habit?

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User - posted on 05/03/2009

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Hi ladies. I HAVE A SUGGESTION... it's as simple as reading a book.



I was very lucky, I didn't realise I was pregnant until I was 5 weeks, and as pregnancy test came up positive I never had another cigarette again. It's was just that easy for me. But I totally understand it's not like that for everyone.



My husband was a much heavier smoker though... maybe 25 to 30 cigarettes per day, sometimes one after the other... Maybe 2 packets if he went out drinking. He would need to leave the dinner table immediately even if we had guests or were out, he smoked immediately before sport and as soon as he had got off the court, he was even late to funerals and weddings just to have that last ciggie to keep him going. I didn't put any pressure on him to give up because I knew that he would want to quit himself, and a week after we found that I was pregnant by some miracle he stopped. As simple as that.



He read a book "Allan Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking".



He hates reading but finished the book by reading it one Friday night and Saturday morning. You actually smoke throughout reading the book so he sat with his ash tray and his packet of ciggies on our outside setting, and as soon as you finish - that's it - No more smoking. It was amazing. He even put the remaining packet in the cupboard just in case someone came over who wanted one... It never tempted him and he didn't go back to that packet until a couple of months later when he chucked them in the bin.



I honestly thought he would never give up, it just seemed too hard. He thought he'd always be a smoker too. His dad and grandfather both died of lung cancer before they were 50 and smoked right until their deaths. He always joked he wasn't a quitter.



I also know of about 6 other people who have also given up by reading this book and one who went to one of Allen Carr's seminars.



Since that book, he hasn't wanted one again. He goes out with people who smoke. He doesn't harp about them giving up, because he understands how that doesn't sink in when you are a smoker, but he does tell them his story. In fact people who knew him as a smoker think are amazed that he no longer smokes... and they often say that if he gave up, so can they!



If you are serious about quitting, and have the right mind set, like you do if you are trying to put your baby first... I highly recommend this book.



GOOD LUCK!!!

Tiffany - posted on 04/30/2009

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I understand what your going through. I stopped with my 1st son (which was not an easy thing to do - my body started to help about the second week after i found out I would start to get sick everytime I took a drag) and I just found out I was prego with my 2nd one last week. For some reason this time was a lot easier for me to quite I found out - smoked one more time b/c i was doing it out of habit then threw the pack away. Now it hasn't been easy but I know i'm doing the best thing for my baby and me. It takes a lot of will power and want to be able to pull it off - but once you do and you hear your baby's 1st cry with an AWESOME set of lungs on him/her - you will know it was all worth it!! :) Good luck and know if you need any extra support you have a friend here to help!!

User - posted on 03/09/2009

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Wow Stephanie, That is shocking. I'm feeling quite bad now. I'm even more determined to do this. Thanks for your input. I know its really important. I also stopped with my other two, so i dont know why its so hard this time. I'm praying alot and i trust that God will help me do this. As i can do nothing apart from him. :-)

Michelle - posted on 03/08/2009

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Im having the same problem, Im 14 weeks and cant seem to quit. I have tried all sorts of stuff as well. Im in healthcare, I know the risks. I stopped cold turkey with my first son, I dont know why Im having such a hard time with this one :(

Stephanie - posted on 03/06/2009

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every time you start to put a cigarette in your mouth think: is smoking more important than the health of my baby...Am i willing to make this sacrifice for my child? i am not saying that it won't be difficult, but when you become pregnant you have to think about more than yourself. just as a warning, my sister in law smoked durring her pregnancy and her daughter has spent her entire two years of life in hospitals every other week or so, sometimes for months at a time due to how underdeveloped her lungs were at birth. her life expectancy is not very high and she has to sleep on oxygen and have her throat cleared out with a tube several times a day...something like that might be more difficult to live through than managing to quit smoking for nine months.

Felicia - posted on 03/04/2009

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i have been having the same problem! im 12 weeks pregnant..i have cut down A LOT but i just cant quit!!! so i switched to these "organic" cigaretts called american spirits..... i want to quit but its so hard especially when your pregnant with a 4 year old in college and everything(was working but got laid off) so if you find anything out abotu a way to quit i would also love to know!

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