I am 24 weeks pregnant and im still smoking! I have been a loyal smoker for 10 years and i just cant seem, no matter how badly i want to or how hard i try.. i cannot break the habbit. Im getting really scared that my Horrible habbit is going to have irreversible life long side effects on my growing baby... and even that cant make me stop...what can i do? I have deffinitly cut down to like 3 or 4 a day but still.....Is anyone out there going through what im going through or been through it already that has some advice or something?
Just because some people's parents smoked and they are fine doesn't mean that every baby will be, which is why it's advised against in the first place. But, I know there are medications out there that docs can give you that can help with the cravings try talking to your doctor. Maybe the benefits of the meds will out weigh the risk of them and the cigs?
My sister smoked a pack a day and cut down each day the second she found out of her pregnancy. Went to a few a day,within a couple of weeks she was down to one a day. Finally about a month or two into her pregnancy she had quit entirely. I am sorry to sound harsh, but most people who smoke are able to quit during pregnancy and it's not easy... you just do it no matter how hard because it's best for your baby. If you claim you can't you really are not trying that hard... and to me it's just selfish and putting your childs life at risk for your own habit.
I agree with Heather. I'm sure its hard, but there is a big difference between wanting a cigaret and needing a cigarette. Haven't heard of anyone dying because they didn't have a cigarette. You have to remember that your child dower have the choice to smoke or not and can't get away from it. You are forcing your child to potentially have life long adverse side effects over something that can be avoided.
I know this seems harsh and I apologize for that, it is hard for me because I want a child so badly and you have a baby and are choosing to expose them to harm. It's hard for me and a lot of women here to hear that. Please stop for your baby's sake. Good luck. I'm sure it will be hard but it is a good thing.
I'm not a smoker so I don't know what it's like to have an addiction and need to all of a sudden stop. I can only give you my opinion but it doesn't matter. I'm sure your dr has fillied you in on the risks so you know what position your putting your baby in as well as your health. I had numerous m/cs and a high risk pg w my youngest and that was without smoking I can't imagine what would have happened if I was smoking. Everything you do your whole pg affects your child including stress etc. Everytime you take a puff of your cigarette all of that goes into your child all the nicotine etc. If you can try to stop chew the gum try something but honestly you really should quit especially once the baby is born their skin is so sensitive that if it's on your clothes it will affect their skin etc. Just some food for thought. I'm not in your position so it's easy for me to shell out all this info and remain unaffected personally by it! The thing is babies don't ask to be born and for years it's up to us as their parents to protect them and it all starts when they are in our wombs. Good luck to you I hope you don't think I'm being too harsh it's a reality smoking kills it's killing my mother. Congrats on your pg!
I am shocked that you have been smoking for 10 years considering how young you are... I'm also not surprised that it would be a hard habit to kick. I know it is a hard habit to kicking having to have done it twice myself. I'm sure you do feel terrible for the baby and a little selfish. Have you tried talking to your doctor? When I was cutting back in the beginning of my pregnancy I got down to 1 cigarette a day and when I told the doctor that she said that 1 day shouldn't cause any harm on the baby. I quit completely because having 1 a day (or even 3) really doesn't do it for me so it was like one extreme or the other. Honestly it would be best to quit but if you HAVE to have one maybe you can try making that 1 cigarette last the whole day?
Hey, Although being pregnant is a good reason to quit. Dont let anyone beat you down for not being able to. if you say u tried then you tried. Yes it is very harmful. and i do agree that just cause one did it doesnt mean it will be okay for the next. but I know hundreds of people that smoked during there pregnancy, and i kinda did too. I smoked for 10 years as well when i fell pregnant I quit immediately for the first 4 months. then my life got really stressful, in my relationship, I used to cut myself as a teen growing up and thats what helped me deal with my depression that i suffered. and then I finally cut that, and moved to using cigarettes to help me calm down. I didnt smoke that much maybe one a day or one every other day.. But where I live, doctors here tell you if your addicted to cigarettes as much as i was and believe u are since uve been smoking so long, then its far worse on your baby to be put through the stress of you quitting. Keep your head up and dont beat ur self up.. keep trying. and dont take what others say about you too hard. As long as your trying, means you care, good luck and im here if you need to vent to someone who wont judge you
Hi Kel, It sounds like you have cut back a lot. I imagine it is hard to let go of those last few. Have you tried substituting it for something else...like gum or a popsicle? I know that sounds lame but it might help to develop a alternate habit that won't hurt you or your child. I was a casual smoker for many years. I finally just put it down one day...before I was pregnant. I know that everyone can't do that and that it can be a real struggle.
I don't know how you feel about acupuncture but it helped me with cravings (smokes and food). Or you could try rewarding yourself. Go a week or two with no smokes and go for a pedi or a massage with the money you save? I'm reaching here :)
Best of luck to you!
Im still smoking and im only like 9 weeks along i used to smoke like a pack and a half a day now maybe 4 or 5 at most. I cant seem to quit and my boyfriend doesnt realize how hard it is and is shoveing it down my throat to quit and its making it worse dont know what to do
I am 27 weeks pregnant and had my first in a long time cigarette about 3wks ago. A week before that I took a couple of pulls of a "freaked" black and mild...
At the beginning of my pregnancy I smoked 1/3pack a day.. like 6-7 cigarettes. But I was unaware that I was already 2.5months. After I found out, with the help of friends, I went from smoking a whole cigarette to just catching a short or a jailhouse of theirs. Then I went to smoking at least 2-3 a day but I think it was only because I was at my grandmother house for some time and she was unaware of my smoking habit... ps: for the record I am 21yo lol. But after some time of cold turkey that's when I started smoking weed. GREAT SUBSTITUTE IF YOU MUST SMOKE. But it really helped me through my sickness... I only smoked with my daughter father, current bf... which helped me because he wasn't a heavy smoker. But as long as you have that will power it is possible. I just read bad stories and sometimes it makes me say no... but I have had my times where I would just keep reading until I find an ok story Smh... but as long as you want to quit you will.. just keep believing. Another thing that hurts and helps is the fact that when I go to class EVERYONE is outside smoking a cigarette and are very sharing with them which hurts but one thing they will not do is offer one to a prego last which helps. But I have told my entirely family once baby drops I'm buying me a bottle of wine and a pack of newports lol... one more thing that has gotten me through... I keep track of my pregnancy and every time I hit an urge I will just remind myself. 1week until 7mths which means 2mths til my cigarettes lol good luck Mommy. If I can do it, a new fresh smoker of 3yrs, I know you will be fine.
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