I Want To Quit Smoking (Not a Debate)

Lacye - posted on 07/28/2012 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am 13 weeks pregnant and I desperately want to quit smoking. I have lightened up a lot since I found out I was pregnant but I can't seem to stop cold turkey or quit all together. I'm severely upset about it because I know it's not healthy for my child and I want to quit. I have an appointment with my midwife Tuesday and I plan on discussing this with her.

Does anybody know any effective ways to quit? I have tried cold turkey and lasted a few days but ended up so stressed out that I was having severe cramps and I was worried that the stress was causing the cramps and hurting the baby. That is really the only time I want a cigarette. I had thought about the smokeless cigarettes but I don't know if they would do the same damage or lessen it or not. Please help.

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**Jackie** - posted on 08/02/2012

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YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!



My dad just quit, after over 45 years of smoking around 2 packs a day like this:



We set up a date so that he wasn't just waking up one day and saying "ok I quit". We let him pick it. He chose New Years Day because he knew he couldn't quit during the holidays. I bought him a whole mess of stuff and made it into a gift basket. Gum, toothpicks, candy, a journal etc. And gave it to him on his day. We got a bag and went around and collected every lighter and cigarette he had but not behind his back, he helped us throw them away. We encouraged him by telling him he is stronger than that piece of rolled up tobacco etc. We also all sat down with him and discussed what he wanted. He said he didn't want to talk about it. and didn't want anyone to ask him about his progress. When we did see him smoke we didn't say anything because we knew there would be slip ups. He has been almost cigarette free since New Years :)



I think a really important part of quitting is having a strong support system. I hope you have one at home, but if not, I'm here. Message me whenever you want or talk to me on this discussion.





Lacye, you can do this. :)

Chaya - posted on 08/02/2012

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Try this: buy a pack of cigarettes, on day one, take one cigarette out and only smoke 19 cigarettes. On day two, take two cigarettes out and only smoke 18, and add one until you're done. You can use the cigarettes put aside for the later days so you won't have to buy a pack that day.

**Jackie** - posted on 08/02/2012

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I was just like "what's the congrats for" and then scrolled down. You're 11 weeks pregnant?!!???? MEMEEEEEEEE I'm so excited for you! Yay! Another baby brought into the world and brought up by a fabulous mother!!! Gives me hope for the future :)

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I have a friend who sells the smokeless cigarettes--he sells the Volcano E-ciggs. I don't know about the ones with nicotine in them, but the ones that are just flavored vapor are harmless. He does sell some vapor formulas with nicotine in them--they come in different strengths, so maybe you could start with one of the stronger ones and work your way down to a weak one, then no nicotine at all.

I know when my husband was trying to quit, he got past the nicotine part, but he still craved the actual action of smoking--he liked having the thing in his hand and taking the puffs (sorry, I don't know a better way to describe it)--so the E-cigg helped him a lot. There were certain times each day when he would want to "go out for a smoke" so he still could do that. Eventually, he changed his schedule and was able to eliminate the need for good.

I've never been addicted to cigarettes, so i don't know what you're going through, but I know it must be stressful. I do seem to remember reading several place when I was pregnant that for many women cutting out cigarettes all together can put too much stress on the baby and it is better for them to just cut way back or cut back gradually until they are smoke free. Whatever you do, I wish you the best! Congrats on your new little one. Congrats to you too Meme :)

Annabelle - posted on 08/02/2012

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I am a smoker as well (not pregnant but I have 5 children ages 16-9 years). It is harder than people think to quit smoking and I agree it is a very PERSONAL decision and you have to be ready for it when you do quit to be successful. This is no time to become super stressed or go through nicotine withdrawls!! Start slowly. I know plenty of moms (including myself) that cut WAY back while pregnant and things were just fine. Talk to your midwife, do your research and make a decision that is best for YOU!

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**Jackie** - posted on 08/03/2012

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yayyyy!!!!!! I think facebook is a great idea! That way you almost feel like you don't want to let anyone down by relapsing ya know?

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

Lacye - posted on 08/03/2012

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Well ladies I have some news! Today is my 4th day without a cigarette! I'm starting to feel better and am in a lot better mood than what I was in so I think the withdrawals are subsiding! At least I'm no longer going crazy on the hubby! What has also helped, and it sounds funny, is Facebook! I made a Facebook page dedicated to my quitting cigarettes and each day I go on there and write about how I'm feeling that day! LOL I'm doing well and I'm hoping to continue with the non smoking path!

MeMe - posted on 08/02/2012

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Kelly--- The carcinogens are definitely more harmful but the nicotine is too. However, like the doctor told me, it is better to use the patch (only nicotine) then to smoke a cigarette. Simply because of all the added chemicals in a smoke.



I am too afraid to take any form of medication, when I am pregnant. So, I have decided to cut way back and continue to do so. I am now down to 7 smokes a day (from 30). It is going really easy, too. I hope to be down to 5 in the next two weeks.



And thanks, for the congrats!!

**Jackie** - posted on 08/02/2012

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Kelly, I couldn't tell you. I smoked a handful of cigarettes (not at once lol) when I was a teen because I thought I was cute but realized I'd rather spend my money on candy and jeans.

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Am I correct in thinking that it's the carcinogens from smoking, not the nicotine that is harmful?

Isobel - posted on 07/29/2012

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I quit somewhere around 4 months ago and I've been feeling amazing! It doesn't even have to be that hard. I read the book
http://books.google.ca/books/about/The_E...

It's boring as snot, but if you really want to quit, it can really help. It's based on debunking all the lies that we tell ourselves as smokers and remembering the truth about cigarettes.

MeMe - posted on 07/29/2012

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I talked to my doctor about this last week, I am 11 weeks. I too smoke but have quit down from 30 a day to 7 or 8. However, she said that the nicotine patch is safe and is much safer than smoking because it is regulated nicotine and there are no other chemicals in it, like a cigarette. So, I did some research on it and yes, recent studies have shown the nicotine patch to be safe. I have yet to use it, I have a few boxes from the last time we tried quitting. I have done further research on smoking while pregnant and while it, of course, is best to not smoke, there are no studies claiming that 8 or less a day cause harm to the fetus.

I know there are non-smokers out there, that will highly disagree with what I have said. Before you do, do some heavy reading and put everything you read together before calling bullshit. Since, as I said, I have spent multiple hours researching this and the conclusion is, what I just said. ;)

Oh, btw, my husband has an electronic cigarette. According to everything out there, they are only vapor but honestly, I cannot see how it will help curve a nicotine craving. You need nicotine, that goes down in dose over a period of time, to do that. Such as the patch OR continuously cutting down. Which is what I have decided to do. I count my smokes in the morning and only roll what I will allow myself to smoke. I have to spread them out and I often end up with one or two left at the end of the day. I used to smoke 12 smokes at work through the day, now I am down to 3-4.

Of course there is cold turkey. I also have a friend that did hypnosis and another that did acupuncture. They have both quit smoking for several years now but it was their 5th and 8th time, trying. You have to be ready, regardless of the way you do it. Otherwise, it will NOT work.

Good luck!

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