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sjs - September 2

I smoke a pack of cigerettes a day and I'm 3 mos pregnant. Is there any advice how I can quit if it's not to late


Janet - July 6

I smoked a pack a day for 12 years and I just stopped cold turkey. I found out I was pregnant 3 weeks later! I never thought I would be able to do it, but it was alot easier than I thought. I am 9 weeks now and wouldn't have a cigarette if someone paid me and told me they were good for you. The smell makes me queasy now. The best was to do it is to just STOP. The first 3 days are the hardest, after will be fine. Think of your poor baby trapped in a smoke-filled uterus. :(


JACKIE - July 8

well i understand that you dont want smoke around your baby..but my dear there is no smoke in the uterus..whoever told you there is was probably messing with you


Janet - July 9

I didn't realize you wanted to get technical DEAR... here are some facts for you: Smoking robs baby of oxygen. Besides restricting blood flow to the womb, maternal cigarette smoking and breathing second hand smoke decreases the amount of oxygen available to the baby from the blood. The level of carbon monoxide in the blood of pregnant women who smoke is 600 – 700 percent higher than in those who don't smoke. Carbon monoxide is an oxygen blocker, meaning it prevents blood cells from carrying a full load of oxygen. Lack of oxygen can affect the development of every organ in the baby's body.


cc - July 13

I just read the the smoke does go into the sac and makes the baby cough etc in What to Expect When Expecting. DONT SMOKE!


shannon - July 19

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have low birthweight babies or babies with intrauterine growth retardation,It can also cause premature labor. I know not smoking can be the hardest thing you ever had to do but what better reason,I have been a smoker for about 11 years a pack and a half a day easy and I have got my self down to no more than 3 cigs a day,somedays I go without totaly If you can't stop slowdown,My doctor has told me not to quit cold turkey while you are pregnate due to the fact it can be to much of a shock to you and your unborn baby,wein your self off but be careful not to use this as an excuse to keep smoking. good luck


BECKY - August 6



brucen - August 6

Becky, I think you missunderstood Shannon. Smoking during pregnancy causes GROWTH RETARDATION this means the baby is smaller than it would have been.


Heather - August 25

I just found this site; sorry for the late response. New research is showing that smoking may be even more harmful than we have previously understood it to be. A fetus has nicotene receptors that neither children or adults have -- they're actually designed as receptors for neurochemicals geared toward cell a__signment; nicotene blocks them. So basically what happens is the communication between cells (Hey- you become a heart muscle, you become a brain cell, you become the spleen) is significantly hindered. In addition, new studies are now showing there is a 30 per cent to 40 per cent increase in the risk of death to the fetus or newborn if the mother-to-be is smoking. These are shocking figures. There is NOTHING better you can do for your child than to quit smoking immediately. My mother quit the moment she found out she was pregnant with me and I can't even count the number of times I've thanked her for that one gift. How about giving your child the same chance?


April - September 2

My mom smoked during her pregnancy with my brother. The doctor told her it was too late to quit in the pregnancy and that it would be too hard on the baby. My brother was 6 pounds. She didnt smoke when she had me and I was 8 pounds! READ THIS: "Nicotine constricts the blood vessels on your side of the placenta, which means oxygen is pa__sed over less effectively to the baby. " There are also effects on brain development and on the general health of your baby, which have been shown to last into childhood, and even beyond. There is also a great deal of evidence that men who smoke when their partners are pregnant also affect the baby's health - whether or not the woman smokes herself."


Kim - September 15

Child abuse, how ridiculous!! With my first pregnancy I smoked before I knew I was pregnant and quit the day I found out. It was easy because I was sick. With this pregnancy I am cutting back considerably, but because I am under extreme amounts of stress, (mom is terminally ill), I'm finding it more difficult. Everyone wants their baby to be healthy and no one is intentionally trying to harm their child. It was stupid to begin smoking, but it is addicting once you start. The person posing the question is obviously looking for some help, rather than being judged. To the last response, why not post a reasonable response, or in the alternative, keep your emails to yourself!!!


Cherie - September 20

I am 2 days short of 4 weeks and am doing my best to quit. I find that a cold gla__s of water helps me when I crave. I munch ice constantly.I also have 'smoke times' like, I always have a cigarrette after I eat, when I get up, and before I go to bed so knowing when I'm going to nic helps because I can plan some small activity to keep me busy. My aunt just taught me how to knit, so I can keep occupied and hopefully make a half-decent blanket by the time the baby comes. It's hard but I know it will benefit me and the baby to quit. Good luck.


April - September 20

This is for Cherie: I quit smoking a long time ago... but started up again while I drank or was around people that smoked. Things that helped me quit were, keeping your hands busy, IE, knitting Good start!! I would drink water as well when I had a craving, or go outside and take a deep breath and just know that that is better for you and helping you other than having a smoke. I KNOW its not easy as I smoked from age 12 to 20. Its not an easy thing but once you quit you will have way more energy, and smell alot nicer :) I wish you all the luck in the world. Quitting smoking is known to be harder than quitting some of the most addictive drugs. Once you beat it you'll feel that much better about yourself! GOOD LUCK!!!


samantha - September 20

yeah you can stop get the patch and it will help you but you need to stop because you could give your baby 2 hand smoking an dit will have truble brething so i would stop i stoped everythinhg and i was on drugs bad.. take care... e mail me at and let me know how you are doing.. good bye


Amy - September 20

I am 5 weeks pregnant, and also a smoker. I am weining myself down to quit, but have been told not to do it cold turkey, because in the first trimester it could be too much stress on your body and baby. This will be my 3rd child, and speaking from experience yourself down and quit smoking. My first daughter was born 10 weeks early and weighed only 3lbs. 3.4oz., and my second daughter even though she was born at 37 weeks, only weighed 5lbs. 13oz. The best thing to do is work yourself down to quit. I wish the best for you, I know how hard it is.


Melissa - September 20

My dr. also told me to do it slowly not cold turkey. I have gone from 1 pack day to about 3 cigs aday in 3 weeks. Very hard but must me done. My nurse said to drink water or go outside and take deep breaths when craving. Good Luck


sue - September 21

i quit cold turkey when i found out that i was pregnant it has been18 days now and i feel great i found that i had to change some of my habits for instance if you always smoke while you do your bills do them in a different area i found that this really helped i also ate sugar free jolly rancher candy when ever i got a craving it gave my mouth something to do you can do it only if you put your baby first i always wanted to quit but never had a true reason



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