Quitting Smoking

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les22 - May 23

this is for women to pass on helpful advice about how us smokers (evil doers, lol) managed to quit or cut down whilst pregnant. women who want to pass judgement should start their own thread cos you aint welcome on mine!!!

 

les22 - May 23

i found that only smoking half the cigarette helped me quit. i sometimes had to be prised out of my fingers but it did help. i also only bought packs of ten so i could see how many were left, makes you feel like you have had more . the big 20 pack always seems full til you get to the last 8.

 

les22 - May 23

i also found sucking a really strong mint helpful cos it makes the cigarette taste horrible. my boyf also did not nag or say anything to me about quitting as it just makes you want to continue smoking if you are being put down all the time. i got him to keep my cigarettes so every time i wanted one i had to ask for them. makes you think if you really need one if you have to ask for the pack. it took me 2 or 2.5 weeks to quit

 

Newhoneybuns - May 23

I have tried to quit dont get me wrong. I tried nicoderm , nicorette and zyban and none have worked for me. I also tried cold turkey ( those were all before pregnant). It aint that i dont want to quit it's probably that people just bug me too much about it and i am NOT ready to quit just yet. Of course i do know what it can do to me and the baby and it's not that i dont care cause i do care. (some might say i dont by not quitting) . Anyways i am so proud of you women that were able to i admire you and one day i will become a non smoker as well. You who have done it are my idols. Dont know if i should say this but i am a nurse so dont take me for an idiot i know all the bad things about smoking :p Love ya thanks for the support :)

 

les22 - May 23

i tried everything before i was pregnant and i always went back to it after a coupla weeks. i know that at some point i will prob go back to smoking cos i am already begining to feel tempted again but i will not feel guilty when i do ! i hope to be able to hold off til after i have the baby but if i am feeling stressed i cant deny that they are the first thing i am gonna reach for.

 

les22 - May 23

smoking when pregnant does not make you a bad mother. one of my friends smoked through her whole pregnancy and she felt guilty but quitting would have been too stressful for her and the baby. once the baby starts getting nicotine it cant be too good for it to be taken away cold turkey. she is one of the best mothers i know and her smoking hjabbit does not affect her mothering skills

 

Newhoneybuns - May 23

Yes that is probably why the doctor only told me to cut back a bit if i could and not to stop because i have anxiety attacks and been off medication when i first learned i was pregnant and that was hell for one whole week (withdrawl syptoms were so bad) i had to be off work for 2 weeks then. So the doctor said i'm not asking you to quit but asking you to cut back if you can. And i know it's because of my anxiety attacks and probably baby would not have made it this far if i had quit at early stage. I'm a package of axiety on foot lol

 

les22 - May 23

i also ahd medication to come off fo and it just so happened that i went through the withdrawal period when i was suffering a bit without the cigs. that was a lovely coupla weeks for my boyf, lol

 

les22 - May 23

thats some amount of typos i have there!!!

 

venus_in_scorpio - May 23

hey fellow evil-doers...it is hard. i havent quit but im not really "still smoking" past few days ive slipped and had a few... but ive gone weeks without also. it is hard when you know so many people that did and their kids are fine you know? not that there is any justification for it but it doesnt make it easier. take 1 day at a time. i work 8-5 so I find not smoking at work helps a lot because even if I slip when I get home (easy to do because my hubby smokes) I still dont have time to smoke more thn a few before I go to bed...

 

Newhoneybuns - May 23

lol no worries for typo i am "the" typo queen lol yeah that must of been a nice few weeks for both of you glad i wasnt there lol :p

 

venus_in_scorpio - May 23

newhoneybuns- what were u taking. i had to stop my anxiety meds too when I got pg.. (xanax/alprazolam) I was surprised how well it went at first but I still do get an anxiety attack so bad sometimes I feel like I am going to die... but (maybe this is silly, I dont know) I find plain chamomile tea really soothes my nerves.

 

les22 - May 23

i tried one a few days after i quit cos i found one left in a pack that was in a coat pocket. so out i snuck to the back garden to smoke it. i managed half before i was gagging and i had to go lie down. the funny thing is that if i got my hands on one i would prob do it again lol

 

Newhoneybuns - May 23

I was taking Efexor which is for axiety and depression. When i went to the doctor's 2 weeks ago he said i could start them any time now but i told him i rather not til the baby is born.

 

venus_in_scorpio - May 23

thats good... mine i guess is really bad to take while pg but if i HAD to, 2nd trimester is when they try to do it... I wont risk it tho if I had to i'd probably get something different.

 

les22 - May 23

i was told that there was no literature to suggest my antidepressants would cause any harm but that doesnt mean there are no risks, but i just thought i dont want to be the one with the problems from them. they just wont do drugs studies on pregnant women cos of the risks involved. it seems alot of preg smokers have had problems with depression or anxiety. we are trying our best to do whats right for our babies by cutting out something that helps us. if smoking makes you feel better then who are other people to judge

 

DrK - May 23

To les22-"once the baby starts getting nicotine it cant be too good for it to be taken away cold turkey." Thats what happens at birth if you smoke through out pregnancy. The baby goes through the shock of birth and withdraw. It is better to slowly tapper off while pg than to quite cold turkey..I agree. I was able to quite before, I know how hard it is and I know how stressfull being pg is so I cant imagine how hard it would be. This is what my friends and I did: We figured up how much we spent on cigarettes in a year...mine was $1502...to me that is a lot of money. Then I thought of something I really wanted that was total outragous and didnt need for that money and bought it. I set a day and slowly smoked less and less and had a quite day. everytime I want a cig i just look at what I bought and I feel guilty. My friend did the opp. and everytime she wanted to go buy some she put $4.10 in a jar. at the end of the year she had enough money to fly her and her husband to Caribbean. Its silly but it helps... Also I hate menthol so I would buy them so if I HAD to have a cig I had to have one I hated..that helped me cut back a lot. I wish you all the best of luck...I think deep down you know what you need to do...and its the hardest thing youll ever do. but just think of what you will be able to tell your kids about why to never start.. All these parents that try to tell their kids not to start never have good enough reasons to share....GOOD LUCK

 

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