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how to give up smoking while im pregnant?

iv smoked for nearlly 7 years about 20 a day if not more and i really want to give up while im pregant but not sure wich precautions to take.. any ideas??

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20 Responses to “how to give up smoking while im pregnant?”

  1. ohhhbaby said :

    Ask your doctor what is the safest way to stop. I’d say stop gradually its in the best interest for the baby.

  2. Logan Matthew due 8/27!! said :

    Think about the little innocent life that is depending on you to take care of it and keep it healthy…. that’s all I needed to quit cold turkey after smoking for 10 years.

  3. Maryyy* baby boy due 12.16.09 (: said :

    I was in the same boat… it took a while, but eventually I just got to the point where I was sick of worrying about it lol.. I just stopped cold turkey.

  4. LoveAlways said :

    You just got to do it

    Talk with you doctor

    Remember, its not about you, what you want. Its about your baby.

    Whenever you get the urge to smoke, remember your harming your baby.

  5. Baby#1 03/19/10 said :

    I had a friend who was a heavy smoker as well. Her doctor told her to stop smoking slowly. He had her start with one less cigarette a day and go from there. If you think you can handle two after awhile then do that and so on until you stop completely.
    Try getting some sugar free suckers or candies to help when you are craving. That and gum helped me years ago when I quit.

    Good luck!!

  6. Hello said :

    I smoked the same amount for just as long, and let me tell you something, when I found out I was pregnant I took that pack of cigarettes and I crushed it – and I did it for my baby. The love I have for her is so strong that I am able to put what I want aside to make sure shes healthy and thats all the help you need to do it!

  7. Mandi said :

    I just googled how smoking harms the baby and After smoking for 12yrs I quit cold turkey. Good Luck!!!!!!

  8. unknown said :

    You really need to quit smoking if you are pregnant. It’s not healthy for the baby.. You can die for it if you keep smokes for all your life.

    Talk to your doctor about it..

  9. Kathrine A said :

    alot of people say to cut back slowly but i had to just stop completely, i thought of it as i did drinking, and just quit. i’d smoked almost a pack a day for 13 years, it wasn’t easy.. more so when my husband would go smoke still!!

  10. Simone is expecting # 2!! said :

    my doctor told me not to quit cold turkey because it can be bad for the baby… cut back slowly over a few weeks at the end of say… 2 weeks be done with them. when i found out i was pregnant i smoked a half a pack a day… with in a week… none.

    tricks i used to help me quit. if i wanted one really bad i’d have a sucker… and i’d remind my self every time i inhale a puff of smoke my child has no choice. i am taking oxygen away from him and giving him Poison instead. I’m happy to say i’ve been smoke free for almost 2 years now!

  11. Linsy_Dawn said :

    It’s hard to quit when you’re pregnant. I have smoked for about 9 years and I’ve had so many complications during pregnancy that I found it impossible to quit. I know that that is no excuse but I just couldn’t do it. My Dr told me that if you’re going to quit you should do so in the first trimester. Also to do it gradually, because the stress you get from quitting can be more harmful to your baby than actually smoking.

  12. Sarah said :

    cut back……try for a couple days only smoking half a pack…then for a couple days go to five a day…then keep weening yourself off..thats how i did it…yes its hard..but it only works if you want it to

  13. Kelly said :

    I feel your pain. I am 17w2d pregnant with my first, and I have managed to cut back significantly, but have yet to be able to stop completely. My doctor recommended cutting back first and then stopping. I was able to go from a pack a day to about 5 cigarettes a day. I have been holding strong at that spot. I guess the main thing we need to remember is not to be selfish. We need to quit for the safety and well-being of our unborn children. If you were a heavy smoker (more than a pack a day), your doc might tell you its ok to use the patch. But if you are able to cut down on your own, that’s better. Best of luck!!

  14. Badger G said :

    If you are already pregnant, then you don’t really have time to use “Methods” to stop.

    You must quit cold turkey and warn those around you not to annoy you!

  15. sesme said :

    cold turkey — that’s the best way to do it. tapering off is not going to be healthy for you or the baby. and forget about those who say cold turkey is going to be more stressful–quitting smoking is stressful, period. quit right now so you can be ahead of the game. i smoked a pack a day for 7 years and quit cold turkey; it was the best thing i’ve ever done for myself. now that there’s a child involved, it’s a benefit for both of you.

  16. Mommy to 4 boys :) said :

    Jus tquit. Put them down and never pick them up again. Avoid buying them and being around people that are smoking. I worked at a Dr’s office and never heard any of our patients say they quit by cutting down or spending tons of moeny on products that are supposed to help you quit. My husband, mother and grandfather have all quit smoking (after smoking for many many years) by doing it cold turkey.

    Quitting isn’t going to hurt your baby. By quitting you are cutting your risks of miscarriage, pre term labor and a baby with low birth weight. Not to mention giving your baby a better chance at being healthy long term.

  17. Michael & Danielle K said :

    I had also been smoking for 7 years when I found out I was pregnant. Quitting cold turkey is not really the best idea if you are already pregnant and you are more likely to lapse and go back to smoking if you just quit all of a sudden. Smoking is a mental addiction and a lot of the quitting process is going to be mental. So, posting a list of all the harmful things smoking can do to a baby somewhere that you will see it every day (on your fridge, next to your computer, etc) can be helpful to remind you of the worthwhile sacrifice you will be making for your child. Smoking doesn’t just cause low birthweight, it can cause physical developmental problems, problems with the placenta, steals oxygen from the baby and even after the baby is born, the child is more likely to have asthma and behavioral problems like poor concentration and A.D.D. Wean yourself off smoking gradually but as quickly as possible. Put yourself on a limit as to how many cigarettes you will allow yourself to smoke a day and then decrease that limit everyday. Start with maybe 18, then the next day make it 16 and try to get yourself down to 1 or 2 a day within 2-3 weeks. If you can get down to 1 cigarette, you should be able to easily go to none. If you want, you can even keep your empty packs and put that number of cigarettes you want to smoke that day in that pack and write with a marker the date on the outside of the pack and have each pack ready several days in advance. Make it a mental goal for yourself to try to even smoke less than you allowed yourself for that day. If your heart is really in it you can remind yourself that it is all mental and the more you smoke, the more your brain needs the nicotene, so the less you smoke, the less you will need to supply the addiction. Good luck!

  18. Courtney said :

    Well If you’re in your really early stage, it may be harder.. but once you start feeling sick and have Hugely increased sence of smell, You tend to be turned off from it. When i was pregnant over a year ago. I could not be anywhere near anything with a strong smell, my man couldnt even wear deoderant around me. Hopefully that happens to you

  19. sunshinyorange said :

    Don’t take any type of nicotine replacement therapy (the gum, the patch, the inhaler, etc.) They’re actually worse for you during pregnancy than smoking is.

    You could try to cut back gradually, or stop cold turkey. I bought a book called ‘How to stop smoking the easy way” by Allen Carr, and it was the best $14.95 I ever spent. I read it over the course of three days, and when I was finished, I didn’t want to smoke again. I didn’t have cravings, I wasn’t moody/irritable, I didn’t loose sleep.

  20. VoiceofCommonSense said :

    My Dr. told me not to quit. Quitting causes stress and will harm the
    baby. So I cut back to 5-7 a day. The result. 3 pregnancies, 3 big
    and healthy babies. Between 8.11 lbs and 7.9 lbs. All because I listened to my Dr. His advice benefited my children.


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