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Minniemouse94 Tue 05-Jan-16 18:20:35

Thought I'd post here to say this is my 5th day of not smoking and I feel so brilliant knowing my child is benefiting from this!
Any mummies to be who are still smoking, have faith in yourself! You're stronger than you think!thanks

goodnightdarthvader1 Tue 05-Jan-16 18:25:06

How old is your child?

Minniemouse94 Tue 05-Jan-16 18:25:47

He's not here yet, I'm currently 27 weeks

FlatOnTheHill Tue 05-Jan-16 18:45:04

Well done. It is not easy even when pregnant. If you do get a massive urge for a ciggie then get an e-cig. It will take the edge off.

Minniemouse94 Tue 05-Jan-16 20:29:55

Thank you! I have an e-cig but trying not to use it lol. Although it's the tar that harms you not the nicotine lol X

RubyWoooo Tue 05-Jan-16 20:57:00

Did you smoke throughout the earlier stages of your pregnancy?

gamerchick Tue 05-Jan-16 20:59:16

Good luck OP.

Doublebubblebubble Tue 05-Jan-16 21:04:44

Well done. Keep going. Remember that you are doing this for the both of you!! You're going to have to keep this up for the next 18 years x

goodnightdarthvader1 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:05:59

Ruby, I'm guessing she did from the way her OP was phrased.

FrostyNipples Tue 05-Jan-16 21:08:08

Keep it up lass grin

RubyWoooo Tue 05-Jan-16 21:12:25

Yes I thought so too darth. Was just...erm...checking.

1wokeuplikethis Tue 05-Jan-16 21:16:35

Nice work, keep going.

If it helps, when you get cravings picture this: the placenta of a smoker is blackened around its outer edges where oxygen hasn't been able to reach that far due to the blood vessels constricting when a pregnant woman smokes a cigarette.
Additionally, the placenta should be bright red and squishy upon delivery; a smokers placenta will be gritty and sand-like, along with the black colour.

There's no lying to the midwife about not smoking.

If it helps, im 37wks pregnant & until 12wks smoked 20 a day. I found it incredibly hard to stop but managed it. But I didn't find out the above info until 30 weeks, and I think it might have given me a bit more oomph if I had known.

You're doing well girl. Stick it out.

sizethree Tue 05-Jan-16 21:23:57

Erm, so you mean that you did smoke up to 26 weeks 2 days pregnant?
Great you've stopped for 5 days, but I ain't going to pat you on the back for leaving it so late to address.
Not meaning to be negative but it's a forum.

goodnightdarthvader1 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:28:29

Sizethree, you said what I've been struggling not to say.

The tone of this post is odd. No acknowledgement of the 26 weeks of poison, just "yay me, finally quit in the 3rd trimester!"

OP, read up on smoking damage during pregnancy, hopefully that will stop you backsliding.

helloelo Tue 05-Jan-16 21:31:15

Well done, it's very positive, keep going, what coping strategies do you have for when you get a craving?

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 05-Jan-16 21:32:40

Keep going op, it is worth it.

bimandbam Tue 05-Jan-16 21:34:32

Well done op. You are doing brilliantly. It's incredibly difficult to stop smoking even while pregnant.

Make sure no one else in the house is smoking indoors. And make sure you wash any clothes you have smoked in like coats etc. In a few days you will be able to smell the stale smoke and it will shock you!

Is there a stop smoking midwife team you can have an appointment with? I stopped using ours. I felt really physically ill for a few weeks but it was definitely the best thing I ever did.

DS is 2 now and doesn't have a fag stinking mummy to cuddle up to! I vape these days and definitely don't miss smoking.

Champagneformyrealfriends Tue 05-Jan-16 21:38:48

Well done op-I stopped smoking 3 years ago and it was the hardest thing I've done to date. Tell as many people as you can that you've stopped-it makes you accountable and will make you want to succeed more in my experience.

mudandmayhem01 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:39:25

Ignore sizethree, well done, everyday you don't smoke is benefiting your baby. Anyone who has any understanding of humans psychology will know that praise and encouragement for success is much more effective than criticism. Nicotine is a very addictive drug and it great you are overcoming it.

RubyWoooo Tue 05-Jan-16 21:40:54

Well I'm glad someone said it sizethree.

I was a smoker when I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. I stopped immediately...and it was fucking HARD. Really, really difficult. I was climbing the walls. But I had no choice.

RubyWoooo Tue 05-Jan-16 21:42:33

mud Forgive me for struggling to define and / or accept 26 weeks of smoking whilst pregnant as 'success'.

Sunshine511 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:44:30

Of course in an ideal world, it would have been amazing to quit as soon as you found out, but you've done fantastically well to find it in you to quit! Stay positive and be proud of the fact you're doing what's best for your baby! I quit smoking before falling pregnant in my 1st pregnancy and it was one of the hardest things I've done! Im so glad I did it! Give yourself a big pat on the back! Keep it up smile x

Sunshine511 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:48:52

The fact of the matter is, you can't change the fact you smoked for the last 26 weeks, but you can and have made a change that will benefit your babies future! Many people would adopt the mentality "well I've smoked for 26 weeks, what's the point in stopping now". You haven't made excuses and you have quit! You can only make choices to better yours and your child's future! You can't go back in time. So well done for that and please ignore the negativity!x

sizethree Tue 05-Jan-16 21:49:40

mud I'm just saying it as it is. Giving up smoking for 5 days when already 26 weeks pregnant doesn't miraculously erase any damage caused in the many weeks prior. Well done to OP fir not smoking to full term but I find it incredulous that OP is seeking congrats and encouraging others and marking herself as a success story.

Wombat87 Tue 05-Jan-16 21:53:39

I'm a mix of both positive and negative, but will focus on the positive. It's hard to stop smoking. I did 4 months before pregnant as I'd just had enough. But I do know people who have smoked during pregnancy, albeit lightly but still... It's smoking... And thankfully babies were born with no ill effects so far. I hope it's the same for you and well done, I know how hard it is.

Be careful with ecigs. They aren't very well regulated and aren't advised during pregnancy. Well... They're less advisable than other NRT's. I have a Nicorette spray that I use a few times a day. I threw my vape thing out the day I found out I was pg. just didn't feel right. The spray is really good and quick acting.

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