I quit about a year ago - before I got pregnant and I went cold turkey - I'm an all or nothing kind of gal :P
I have to say determination and pig headedness got me through it - I kept saying to myself - I'm in control and every day is a new day of awesomeness to ME lol
I'm not sure what the pro's and con's are of quitting while pregnant, I think I'd speak to a dr about a strategic plan ASAP...
Otherwise every time you think of having one - remember how much more support and great start to life you're giving your child (not that you're a bad mum if you don't quit!) But statistically I mean - just keep re-reading the possible symptoms and side effects if you have a ciggie it might make you re-think it from a "craving" to having an actual consequence? That kind of thinking works for me anyways.
Also, I found that setting myself small goals helped. Instead of saying "ok I am quitting", I broke it down into weeks. So I said to myself "I'm not going to have a smoke for a week". Then made it to the end of the week, and felt good id made it that far, so added another week on.
It makes it seem a little less daunting.
Blondi83, when I quit I didn't want to use patches or pills so I used a herbal spray called smoke eze. You can get it at most chemists or health food shops. I found it killed the cravings just enough to save my sanity while I found something else to distract me
Eta, hit send too soon, I meant to say its safe during pregnancy so might be worth a try. Good luck and remember, quitting is doing your best by your baby x
Can't gum or patches be used during pregnancy? Anyone know why not? Surely it's less harmful than an actual cigarette?
I'm actually really curious about this ....
I think the visualising giving your baby a smoke/blowing it in their face would be good incentive too.. I'm just so happy I quit before having DD as I know how hard it is to beat the cravings. Good luck x
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I also highly recommend the Allan Carr book. It was awesome, and it worked.
I have a PDF copy of the book somewhere, if you are interested im happy to email it to you.
Yes you can use patches, gum or lozenges while preg. They can work to reduce the amount you smoke. And yup they have nicotine but not the loads of other chemicals in smokes so it's always better than smoking if they work for u
Thanks ....I was sure I heard pregnant women were being offered free nicotine replacement? Not sure if it was just an ideas in the pipeline but when I quit a few years ago patches really worked for me so OP I really recommend them, at least to help you cut down.
Good luck it's so hard I understand xxx
Also congrats on being pregnant!
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