Just found out I am pregnant and am needing helpful hints to help me quit smoking.

Erin - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I just found out 3 days ago that I am pregnant. I am a smoker who smoked a little more than half a pack a day. Already slowed down a lot but work in a very stressful environment and it seems a little hard to quit completely and I want to be healthy for myself and the little one. Besides nicorette and those types of things are there any other helpful hints you can give that will help me kick the nasty habit for good?

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Amanda - posted on 06/07/2010

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I quit the sec i found out i was pregnant & made my b/f smoke away from me & out of my sight. I just started biting my nails alot more... but at least im not smoking! I know 2 ppl who smoked during pregnancy & their babies were hooked up to breathing machines for months b/c of how badly it damaged their little lung development.
Chew regular gum NOT NICORETTE!
Munch on little things to keep ur mouth busy (trail mix of every cereal in the house, etc)
Exercise always helped me too

http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-quit...

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Princessa - posted on 06/08/2010

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It might sound hard to believe, i still cant, i stopped smoking after i read a book! Its "Alan Carr, easyway to stop smoking" check it out on the net. I read this book a month before i got pregnant and stopped straight away chucked almost a full pack of ciggs in the bin, I had been smoking for 10 years and never really tried to stop before. The book dosent tell you to quit it just tries to make you see smoking in a different way. My partner read the book 2 days befoer i did and stopped smoking, i didnt believe he would really i thought it was a joke and only read it to see if it would work and was amazed to find it did! So both my partener and i have been non smokers for 2 years this month, have not had a single puff. We both occasionaly felt like smoking but never actually did a s i knew what was the point in smoking 1 when it would lead to another. I also think of my daughter, I really dont want her to be encouraged to smoke by seeing her parents smoke. I also want to live long enough to look after my children without worrying about cancer, as that runs in my family.
. i smoked during my first pregnancy i smoked 3- 5 ciggs a day whilst pregnant, i did smoke about 15 a day, up to 40 if i went out.before and after. I find that you get more stressed when you smoke than when you dont because you end up stressing about wanting to smokE.

Hope this helps, good luck!

Nicola - posted on 06/08/2010

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Think about how much it costs to smoke and all the wonderful baby things you can spend that money on.i would decide your going to do it and have a ritual throw out of all cigerettes in the house then avoid the places you normaly buy them and also normally smoke them. Good luck Quitting is a great thing for you to do for yourself and your baby.

Melanie - posted on 06/07/2010

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well done on the cut down....i unfortunately was not as strong and smoked thru my last pregnancy several failed attemps and stressed myself to the max for smoking.... my baby was born 4 weeks early was very blue and had problems breathing and spent the first 8 hours in an incubator to help her breath... scary stuff....

I HAVENT HAD A SMOKE SINCE SHE WAS BORN 5 MONTHS NOW (a little bit late.... but all the same still quit)

April - posted on 06/07/2010

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I know caffeine and smoking are 2 different things but, I believe they are both addicting. I am addicted to caffeine. When I found out I was pregnant I quit COLD TURKEY. (I have tried quitting cold turkey when I wasn't pregnant and I couldn't do it) Because I was pregnant and concerned about my child and harming it, is what made it so "easy" to quit....
Try thinking of your child and how you don't want to harm it. Put your child first....

Debra - posted on 06/07/2010

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I gave up smoking september last year cutting down as quick as you have is awesome great job . I got to the after food smokes and found it was more of a habit or more to say something to look foward to so I sat and thought what it was that I did while I was smoking it turns out I would play games or text so with that knowledge I something that I enjoyed eg chocolate milk and after dinner was my big 1 the others were easier and I would enjoy my milk for about 5 minutes (roughly the time it takes to have a ciggy) and I would still take that 5 minutes of time that I took for myself and it worked I dont have cravings and the 1 other thing is remember everytime u want one what a great job you are doing to allow your beautiful baby to grow.

Nikki - posted on 06/07/2010

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DON'T USE NICORETTE!! without talking to your doctor, it can be harmful, depending on the dosage, because the baby is getting a constant dose of nicotine. I would just try cutting out one every day. Try and change your routine, if you normally smoke with a coffee in the morning, drink a juice and keep yourself busy, for me it was al about my little routines, as soon as I changed those I found it much easier. As crazy as it sounds, to stop me smoking in the car I would hold a small pencil in between my fingers, it worked. Good luck and congrats

JuLeah - posted on 06/07/2010

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Good for you!!
I drank a lot of water.
I made sure I took quality vitamins, especially the B complex - that is very important.
I exercised more, to reduce stress and I didn’t tell myself I had to quit right this second.
I would wait until I had craving that was overwhelming, and then I would smoke. But, I only took a few drags, ya know? I told myself I didn’t need to smoke the whole thing, just take the edge off.
It worked for me. I was down to one a day before long and then I quit.
I am not saying this will work for you, but it did for me. Good luck.

Erin - posted on 06/07/2010

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Thanks alot, he does smoke and he is trying to quit as well, not because he wants to but because I'm trying to make him. Like I said I was smoking more than half a pack a day and in 3 days have gotten it down to 3 today hopefully none tomorrow. Our first baby appointment is tomorrow morning and were very ecited about it. Thanks so much for the advice again!

Jaclyn - posted on 06/07/2010

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I was like you when I found out I was pregnant. First if your husband smokes he needs to stop. Also carry that ultrasound pic on you to remind you why you need to stop. It may sound crazy but looking at your baby is motivation. Also go online and educated yourself on all the horrible things that can happen to your baby and look at pics. This also helped me. The picture of my ultra sound always there helped me.

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