• Yay! My results from the ELCAP (Early Lung Cancer Action Project) come in negative for any pulmonary nodules. I decided to put all the years I smoked to some good use and participate in a study to potentially help in establishing new protocols for early lung cancer detection. ELCAP is an international study. If you know someone over 40 years old,…[Read more]

  • Hi Juquanda, I hope you can stop too. I’m feeling a little blue right now because I just saw you are 25 years old. I was 25 years old when I had my first son. He’s 18 now and was born and is still healthy, but I smoked. Juquanda, I’m 43 now. I wish I quit when I was your age. I’m going to have a lung scan next week, and hopefully it will be all…[Read more]

  • To any of you who participated in the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20th, I’m here to cheer you on!!! I know you just got through that infamous Third Day and you might be thinking, ‘OK, so how come I’m still getting horrible cravings? Aren’t they supposed to be diminishing?’ You now have zero nicotine in your system and you have completed…[Read more]

  • Oh wow, Holly, I know what you mean. I haven’t smoked since February 2007, and yet, I will get days where I do that rationalization talk. You know what I mean: ‘Just one cigarette. I’ll buy the pack, smoke one and that’s all.’ Here is what I was told happens with we former smokers: we are no longer physically attached to smoking, but because it…[Read more]

  • Hey Cami — way to go!!! NO, it is NOT too late. Your first 72 hours will be the toughest, but it’ll subside after that. Check out quitnet.com — you don’t have to join, you can just lurk about if you want. Enter as a guest. Click through and read the testimonials, it will help you stay focused on your quit and inspire you. Go to the forum section…[Read more]

  • What is your biggest fear about quitting smoking? I always swore I was going to turn into a ‘monster’ and get too snappish to my children — which isn’t fair to them. Well, when I had to quit, to my utter shock my youngest told me I wasn’t any more cranky when I was in withdrawal at the beginning of my quit than when I wasn’t able to find my…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic in the forum Babies Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    Bonitababy: first of all, I’m all about the support thing and not about judgement. I am a nicotine addict. You asked about quit sites. There are two of which I know: whyquit.com and quitnet.com. Quitnet specifically has a club for pregnant mothers who are encouraging one another to quit. The most successful quitters typically ‘battle’ their quits…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic in the forum Babies Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    I think it’s tremendous to give and receive encouragement from each other. Try to be patient when loved ones nag you, they are coming from a place of great fear for you. In a more honest and forthright moment, what they are trying to say is, ‘I love you and I am scared that your smoking will take you away from me.’ These words were actually said…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic in the forum Group logo of Trying To ConceiveTrying to Conceive Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    Actually, Stacey, I really do think you are on to something about our attitude. I know I look older than when I last gave birth (I was 29), but I am SO much more relaxed and happier than when I was younger. I’ve thought mabye it’s because I’ve successfully raised an 18 year old and he didn’t manage to eat poison, have to repeat a grade several…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic in the forum Group logo of Trying To ConceiveTrying to Conceive Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    I just came back from taking my 16 month old to the pediatrician for his flu shot. Right off the bat we had this little exchange: ‘Is this your grandson?’ Sigh. ‘No. He’s my son.’ ‘Oh! I am so-o-o-o sorry!’ I’ve put off coloring my roots because it’s costly… but I reckon I better break out the Clairol this weekend. You know, I don’t mind so much…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic in the forum Babies Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    I applaud all my moms quitting smoking. I am heavily addicted to nicotine. I quit smoking somewhere along the lines in all of my pregnancies. However, when my baby was born, I not only resumed smoking, I ended up increasing my amount. In the end, I was smoking between 2 to 2 1/2 packs per day. I say end because 2 years ago I discovered I was…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic in the forum Babies Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    Dazieoo — I’m proud of you and you are smart to already start thinking about the possibility of your failing this terrific quit you’ve started. I encourage you to educate yourself on nicotine addiction and read up, in particular, why women (like myself) often rebound very hard after delivering. Go to quitting sites and read posts and profiles of…[Read more]

  • TO ALL MY FELLOW ‘ADAVNCED AGERS’: This time, two years ago, I was struggling with accepting my surprise pregnancy at 42 years old. I was terrified of having the baby… and losing the baby. I was ‘old,’ overweight and smoking — in other words — I had a bullet headed for me. I immediately quit smoking and I even lost 30 lbs. Throughout the…[Read more]

  • I’m leaving a little message for any of you newly discovered AMAs who are not completely ecstatic over the news of your pregnancy: it’s alright, and you are not alone. I was a little overwhelmed when my surprise pregnancy occurred 2 years ago around this time of year. I had been told I had a less than 1% chance of conceiving, so we weren’t…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic Tobacco in the forum Group logo of Trying To ConceiveTrying to Conceive Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS
    by Portia Nelson

    I
    I walk down the street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I fall in.
    I am lost…I am helpless.
    It isn’t my fault.
    It takes me forever to find a way out.

    II
    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I pretend I don’t see it.
    I fall in again.
    I…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic Tobacco in the forum Group logo of Trying To ConceiveTrying to Conceive Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    Hello Momma! Congratulations on your pregnancy! Go ahead and quit smoking right now. Just crumple them up and flush them down the toilet. If you’ve slipped, don’t waste a lot of time feeling guilty and angry… climb back aboard and quit again! REMEMBER: Don’t buy, don’t bum, don’t ashtray dive for any more butts.

  • Tess42 replied to the topic Tobacco in the forum Group logo of Trying To ConceiveTrying to Conceive Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    Bonitababy: first of all, I’m all about the support thing and not about judgement. I am a nicotine addict. You asked about quit sites. There are two of which I know: whyquit.com and quitnet.com. Quitnet specifically has a club for pregnant mothers who are encouraging one another to quit. The most successful quitters typically ‘battle’ their quits…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic Tobacco in the forum Group logo of Trying To ConceiveTrying to Conceive Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    Hi Ivy, I’m so sorry to hear you are having to deal with all that stress. Here is some good news, though: your blood pressure SHOULD actually come down naturally around your 2nd trimester because of the dramatic changes in your circulation (barring any difficulties such as pre-eclampsia). It’s interesting that you say smoking brings down your…[Read more]

  • Tess42 replied to the topic Tobacco in the forum Group logo of Trying To ConceiveTrying to Conceive Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    Oh… and I sit on my hands. You can’t smoke if you sit on your hands.

  • Tess42 replied to the topic Tobacco in the forum Group logo of Trying To ConceiveTrying to Conceive Forum 1 year, 9 months ago

    TRUKERSWIFE: Me too. I never experienced the revulsion that other mothers indicated either. I cut back, and even quit for a while somewhere along the lines in all my pregnancies — but always returned to smoking when I gave birth (except for my last baby). I believe, my heart always approached my ‘quits’ in pregnancy with more of a suspended…[Read more]

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