smoking-cessation

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    i-am-pregnant
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    Because smoking poses serious health risks to both mother and baby, there is no better time than now to try to quit smoking. Whether you are already pregnant or trying to conceive, smoking puts you and your baby at an increased risk for several complications and diseases. Not only will quitting make you feel better, it will also provide a multitude of benefits for your unborn child. Your baby will no longer be getting dangerous toxins in their system and the oxygen they breathe will be richer and cleaner. The risks that are associated with smoking during pregnancy (low birth weight, stillbirth, miscarriage) will be decreased significantly.

    No doubt about it, it will be a challenge to quit smoking. However, with support and determination, you can do it! The best thing to do before you begin is to lay out a plan. Here are some things to consider when planning to stop smoking:

    • When would you like to quit?
    • Why do you want to quit smoking?
    • How do you plan on quitting?
    • Have you taked to your doctor and asked for resources?
    • Who can you contact for support when the going is rough?
    • What can you replace cigarettes with? A new hobby?
    • When is the urge to smoke the strongest?
    • What can you do during this time of day?

    Important Tips During This Time

    • Refer to your plan. Try to quit on the day that you designated.
    • When you feel like smoking, call a friend or family member that can help take your mind off of your temptation.
    • Replace your old habit with a healthier hobby.
    • Do not visit friends, family members or places of interst that you know will encourage you to smoke until you have quit.
    • Remind yourself of the benefits you are providing for yourself and your baby often!
    • Do not fall for the "just one won’t hurt" temptation because it will.
    • Ask your doctor for references or literature to help with your decision.
    • Join a support group for other individuals that are tyring to quit.

    #10680925

    Teacher4327
    Member

    I just found out that I am pregnant, and I’m trying to quit…….it’s hard, but I’m weaning myself off.

    #10680926

    ErinB
    Member

    Teacher4327 – GOOD JOB!!! Stick with it-it’s so much better for the baby!!!

    #10680927

    Tess42
    Member

    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 misplaced pack of cigarettes or lighter. Yikes! What’s holding you back? You might be surprised what you learn about yourself when you quit smoking. It’s a great opportunity for growth.

    #10680928

    gonllau77
    Member

    You always hear people say ‘If i can do it then you can do it!’ I use to get so mad. I quit the third day after I found out I was pregnant (I didn’t think i could get pregnant and resented people who didn’t take care of their bodies when they were) But truthfully those first three days of trying to quit were a mind-F$&# ! I was a chain-smoker, tried to quit several times and never made it a whole day!!! But now that I’m smoke free I feel like anyone can do it! I don’t even think about smoking anymore and I HATE being around it. I can smell a cigarette a mile away now! PS> My BF quit the DAY we found out I was pregnant and that was the thing that really helped me…I probably wouldn’t have quit so soon if he didn’t care so much.

    #10680929

    gonllau77
    Member

    Oh yeah, I coughed up black stuff for a month- Yuck!!

    #10680930

    Well I hate to say it, but I’m 33 weeks pregnant and still have not been able to quit. I quit for 3 weeks once and then fell back into it because everyone in my family smoked around me all the time. Tomorrow morning me, my husband and my mom are all going to quit. I know it’s kind of late…but better late than never right?? I know that I should’ve quit months and months ago, but I think it will still help the baby in these last few weeks. Wish me luck! I’m scared and I know it’s going to be hell, but I have to do it!

    #10680931

    Tess42
    Member

    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 and click on the ‘Quitstop’ section. These are real time posts by hundreds and hundreds of people quitting at this moment as well as ‘elders’ who are helping them. Again, you don’t have to sign in or join, you can just lurk about. I thought places like that were helpful in stopping me from crossing the line in the sand on smoking. Cami, with great love I tell you… this is the PERFECT time for you and your family to quit smoking. I’m SO excited for you!

    #10680932

    Holly28
    Member

    I don’t know what is going on with me. I haven’t smoked since September of 2007! My daughter is now 3 months old and lately the craving for a cigarette has been so strong. I hate the smell of others smoking,hate the fact that they are polluting my daughters air when we pass them and yet I find myself craving a smoke SO badly at the same time! It has been taking all of my will power not to go out and buy a pack. Thank God for my daughter. If it weren’t for her I think I might just cave.

    #10680933

    Tess42
    Member

    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 effected our limbic system, we have consious and unconsious triggers that tell us we *need* the nicotine to get through or perform certain tasks. After we have performed those tasks or gotten through a particular stress without delivering nicotine to our system, our brains become ‘retrained’ to not fire off a craving alert. One of the things I discovered is that I crave the THOUGHT of what a cigarette feels like — and I THINK they smell better than they actually do. Just keep reminding yourself to not give in to that one.

    #10680934

    Tess42
    Member

    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 physical withdrawal — your body is now in full recovery mode and beginning to heal you on the deeper cellular level. HOWEVER, your healing on the psychological level takes longer. Triggers such as cigarette smell and anxiety are acute. Tell that part of your brain you do not need nicotine. If you are not already repelled by the smell of smoke, you will be SO amazed when it happens in the next few weeks. If you are telling yourself that you need a cigarette to get through stress, that is the addict/junkie thinking. Smoking will not solve the problem, and, in fact, will only add to your problem. Don’t dwell on never smoking again. Meditate on not smoking this very moment.

    #10680935

    juquanda601
    Member

    I JUST WENT INTO MY 29TH WEEK AND I CAN’T SEEM TO STOP.. AS I’M TYPING THIS I HAVE A CIGARETTE LITE.. IT’S SO HARD TO UP AND QUIT WHEN YOU’VE BEEN SMOKING FOR SO MANY YEARS.. I FEAR FOR MY SON BUT MY UNCLE’S GIRLFRIEND JUST HAD HER SON 2 WKS AGO AND SHE SMOKED THE ENTIRE TIME.. MY LIL COUSIN CAME OUT HEALTHY.. AS FOR RIGHT NOW EVEN WITH THE SMOKING THE DOCTORS HAS BEEN TELLING ME MY SON IS HEALTHY SO FAR WHICH IS A BLESSING.. HOPEFULLY I CAN STOP BEFORE HE’S BORN..

    #10680936

    Tess42
    Member

    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 clear. I hope I had quit smoking in time. I hope you will quit so you do not have to feel this sadness and fear. Please quit. We need you.

    #10680937

    tquinn
    Member

    I am having a really hard time quiting. I went from regular cigs to lights and now ultra lights. I just don’t know how to quit. Man this is tough.

    #10680938

    Tess42
    Member

    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, current or former smokers, has no known cancers and has smoked for over 20 years at a pack a day or more, they still need participants — just look it up on line for more info. The great thing about it is, you get a free scan of your lungs, heart & surrounding organs (it was revealed I have a hiatel hernia & enlarged thyroid!) and, if you still smoke, they help with smoking cessation. Currently, most people who have been diagnosed with lung cancer find out too late. I do think they need more tools in dectection, however, I also believe that many smokers do not seek medical attention as quickly as they should. In the past, I didn’t. I didn’t want anyone to tell me I really should quit smoking.

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