to go back to vaping after I give birth?

(23 Posts)
Pandora2016 Tue 24-May-16 19:30:13

I'm due in September. I have followed all of the NHS advice. I miss my electronic cigarette terribly. It was my crutch and it is taking (even several months after giving it up) a huge amount of will power not to start again even now.

Have to admit that I'm sort of looking forward to getting it back...

ateapotandacake Tue 24-May-16 19:46:54

Yabu and you know it really.
You've given it up. There's no decent long term research on safety and you'll kick yourself in 10/15 years when the dangers are found.
You're a non smoker. It's dull, but it's responsible. grin
I miss smoking madly, too.

DrunkenUnicorn Tue 24-May-16 19:50:37

I am in your position op...

Man I miss it so much!!! Glass of wine and a vape whilst sitting in the garden on a sunny evening... Pure bliss...

I will try not to, and won't whilst baby is little as I worry about sids.... But pretty sure I'll take it up again at a later date.

SpidersFromMars Tue 24-May-16 19:54:43

If you're not due until September, who knows how you will feel at that time. If you hope to stop, now is the perfect time to try.

pamish Tue 24-May-16 19:56:06

Find a new crutch. Start planning it now.

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monkeywithacowface Tue 24-May-16 19:58:56

Would help you to stay of it if you knew that it looks absolutely ridiculous? Sorry I know I sound like a bitch but honestly I cannot take someone seriously when they're vaping.

I also think vaping is going to be one of those things that turns out to have horrible hidden side effects

pinkdelight Tue 24-May-16 20:03:13

Get some helps, whether it's that Allen Carr EasyWay book/clinic or hypnotherapy or whatever, because you'd be nuts to start again and when that switch is flicked so you stop wanting it, you'll really see how nutty it is. Honestly, a glass of wine and a vape is heaven? It's really not. Get some help and enjoy your baby without any of that bollocks.

MummyBex1985 Tue 24-May-16 20:13:38

Fellow vaper. I miss it even at work!

If I was PG I'd probably start again after birth but if you've kicked the nicotine habit, it would be a real shame to go back.

As a grown adult YANBU, it's your choice, but it'll be much harder to stop if you do start again!

missbishi Tue 24-May-16 20:21:03

Don't do it. You'll only be kicking yourself a few years down the line. I'm still struggling to quit actual cigarettes and regret every single time I caved in and picked the cigs up after having been stopped for months.

Ginmakesitallok Tue 24-May-16 20:34:22

I vape. Nicotine itself is not particularly harmful. It's probably better for you not to vape, but personally I don't see the harm. To me it's no worse than caffeine, and certainly nowhere near as harmful as alcohol ( hope all of the pps who may have stopped drinking alcohol when pregnant haven't had a drink since...)

ProcrastinatorGeneral Tue 24-May-16 20:50:29

I think it would be daft to begin again when you've proved you can do without.

The pro electronic cigarette crowds all seem to say it's an aid to quitting, so see it as a success story. You've quit. Well done. On and up to not being addicted smile

PotteringAlong Tue 24-May-16 20:52:13

Why would you?

PotteringAlong Tue 24-May-16 20:53:43

( hope all of the pps who may have stopped drinking alcohol when pregnant haven't had a drink since...)

Not the same thing at all. The OP says it's her crutch. Alcohol was and is never a crutch for me, nor for most people.

Ginmakesitallok Tue 24-May-16 20:56:24

I've seen it as a way to quit fags, to improve my health, to save money, to stop stinking of smoke, to avoid my kids being around a smoker, and a safer way of taking nicotine. I haven't seen it as a way of quoting nicotine. I have however decreased the level of nicotine I'm using (I mix my own liquid, so less nicotine is cheaper!). Research tells me that it's less addictive than smoking, and I can go for hours without a vape. I certainly don't crave a vape the same way I craved a cigarette. But I haven't quit nicotine, I'm just taking it more safely, more cheaply and in a less smelly form!

Ginmakesitallok Tue 24-May-16 20:57:29

Whether or not alcohol is used as a crutch it's more harmful than vaping.

Pandora2016 Tue 24-May-16 20:59:00

Pottering, you answered your own question.

It's my crutch and I want it back. Kept me calm, helped with stress (I saw it as rather meditative) and kept me slim.

(Oh and the Alan Car book didn't work for me, to this day I don't understand why it was so successful. Glad it worked for others though).

PotteringAlong Tue 24-May-16 21:00:16

Then I think that's the problem and that's why I wouldn't go back. Anything that was a crutch would scare me too much and I wouldn't take the risk of an addiction.

exLtEveDallas Tue 24-May-16 21:03:38

Why not? It's not going to do you (or your baby) any harm. If it's something you enjoy doing, then go for it.

I was a v heavy smoker pre-DD, but funnily enough it was coffee that I missed the most whilst pg. That hit of caffeine - ooh I was evil without it.

The very first thing I did after she had her last feed was make a max strength filter coffee. Tasted like heaven! (Gave me one hell of a headache though)

BarryTheKestrel Tue 24-May-16 21:08:45

I was given NRT by my doctor as giving up smoking when I found out I was pregnant gave me panic attacks as I'd unwittingly used smoking to calm my anxiety for years after coming off meds for anxiety.

I started vaping on very low nicotine when DD was born and now a year later have no nicotine however am still vaping. It's another habit I need to crack. If you have broken the habit, no matter how hard it is, keep it broken.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Tue 24-May-16 21:17:48

it is taking (even several months after giving it up) a huge amount of will power not to start again even now.

Do whatever you need to do to stay off the fags. Congratulations on your pregnancy and a massive well done for stopping smoking flowers

If you're struggling now, contact your local stop smoking services or ask your MW to refer you. You can be prescribed NRT while pregnant if you need it and they're quite pragmatic about ecigs if NRT doesn't work.

The danger from smoking comes from inhaling the products of burning, not from the nicotine. Smoking organic kale would be just as harmful. Gin is right, nicotine on its own is about on the level of caffeine in terms of harm (and also quite similar in effect).

scarednoob Tue 24-May-16 22:21:17

DP vapes. I loathe it, and I really want him to quit before DD is old enough to notice it. He is adamant that it's harmless hmm

Don't do it OP. Find a better vice... Manicures? Daily blow dries? Hot baths at night?

Ginmakesitallok Tue 24-May-16 22:27:14

Why do you loath it scarednoob?

WeAllHaveWings Tue 24-May-16 22:35:47

I gave up smoking when pregnant 13 years ago. It took nearly 3 years to stop wanting a cigarette, but it is so worth it now not to be dependant on then for stress relief. I actually cope much better with stressful situations now without them.

You've made a start giving up vaping while pregnant for your baby, why not try to see it through for your baby once it is here.

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