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stopping smoking in pregnancy

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bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 20:31:39

Tomorrow ill be 5 weeks preggers, of course ive stopped smoking and drinking. I just wondered if anyone else in same boat? Of course I know the risks and all that so not looking for smart answers just to see if anyone else still craving for one and what helps AND WHEN IT'LL STOP!! x

1wish Wed 17-Sep-08 20:34:39

Hi Bekkaboo, good on you I say, unfortunately i'm still smoking a couple a day, I think its because i'm still in denial about be pregnant, but i am disgusted with myself, so you've done really well smile

LackaDAISYcal Wed 17-Sep-08 20:39:51

Well Done for stopping smoking. The drinking, well depends how much you were drinking, but it is OK to have the odd one when pregnant.

As for the cravings...again it depends how bad your addiction was and how many you were smoking each day. All I can suggest is to take it one day at a time (or even one hour at a time) and give yourself a pat on the back for each cig you don't smoke. Saving up what you would have spent and treating yourself in a few weeks is a good incentive as well smile

I stopped when I was about six weeks pregnant with DD and didn't have any cravings at all, but I wasn't a heavywieght and only smoked in the evenings. I just made the decision and stopped, and kept my hands busy with knitting some cute things for the baby. Two years on I'm still an ex-smoker and doubt I'll ever have another one now.

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 20:41:47

1wish I keep thinking if i could just have one id be ok but i know i wont be as it'll be the start again! I smoked all the way through first PG thinking ill stop 12 weeks, 20 weeks so on, never did so this time i knew have to stop now or il smoke rest of life x Can i pop round for quick puff! wose of it is i threw 80 away yesterdat that just bought before i found out else i knew id smoke the lot

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 20:43:08

thanks I know that ill always be an ex smoker now but god its sending me crazy!

saggers Wed 17-Sep-08 20:44:01

Well done you! You're over the worst of it now. You're cravings now are no longer physical, 'just' psychological. If I were you, I'd read Allen Carr's Easyway to Stop Smoking. Fantastic book. I found it easy to give up, having read it. I know you've already given up, but think the book'd help you with your cravings. Good luck with your pregnancy!

saggers Wed 17-Sep-08 20:45:46

your cravings not you're. Sorry.

SugaryBits Wed 17-Sep-08 20:47:35

It does get easier. I gave up when pregnant with both DC but started again when they were around a year old each time. I am now almost 10 weeks with DC3 and don't really get cravings now. I am finding the smell absolutely disgusting so that would be enough to put me off if I did get an urge to have one. I am determined not to start again ever! Good luck.

1wish Wed 17-Sep-08 20:47:55

Bekkaboo i'm glad you understand, but your right don't even have one or you'll start again!!

I really understand what your saying about your first pregnacy, i said "when i find out for sure ill stop", never did, and now i'm saying when i get to the 12 week scan ill stop for sure, but in my heart of hearts i'm terrified i won't.

I honestly thought to myself the day i find out i'm ever pregnant ( been ttc for years) i'll immediately stop, i can't believe i haven't.

You have been really strong, and congratulations on your pregnacy

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 20:48:21

hi saggers ive got that and read in when we started ttc and it worked with the help of some pills from docs this time its just me on own, cant believe how weak i am if someone said go have one, one wont hurt id be there chuffing away!

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 20:48:23

hi saggers ive got that and read in when we started ttc and it worked with the help of some pills from docs this time its just me on own, cant believe how weak i am if someone said go have one, one wont hurt id be there chuffing away!

saggers Wed 17-Sep-08 20:52:33

READ IT AGAIN! He says there's no such thing as just one, and it's true. I smoked for years (10 - 20 a day), read the book and stopped, but then had one on holiday which led to more. Read it again and haven't looked back - haven't smoked for about 10 years now - can't believe I ever did. Remember - you've done the hard bit already!!

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 20:53:20

1wish I think this time round its coz of the guilt, now when i look at DS all things come to mind. Also its easy saying ill stop but in reality its the most stressful 12 weeks you'll probably go through. Im sure you will stop but noone can make you. Are you doing the secret smoking yet??

1wish Wed 17-Sep-08 20:53:36

Hi saggers, is that book really that good? I've just ordered it off amazon

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 20:55:22

Yeah I will start it tonight. I def get the bit of having one leads to another, i know if have one now ill be back out there first thing for another. I feel like on own and an ungrateful cow but just need to clear i out of head.

1wish Wed 17-Sep-08 20:56:05

Unfortunately no bekkaboo, i sheepishly had half at my friends house earlier and they were all saying theres nothing wrong with it, they were saying they smoked with their dc's and their ok shock

What pills did you try was it champix?

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 20:56:48

1 wish its very to the point and easy to understand, it tells you cravings are phycological not pain etc. Its very good.

Ak at me, def need to re read x

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 17-Sep-08 20:58:30

bekkabo - stopping is hard, I was useless in first pregnancy but found hypnotherapy great the second time round and 11 months down the line am still off the evil things.

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 21:00:29

My mates were the same, then when i moved offices they werent! So I used to always have to drive myself to work so i knew i could cane 2 on way, have to go lunch on own where could have another 2 and 2 on way home before dh arrived, one more maybe 2 whilst in bath!

I tried Champix and yeah would say the would have worked BUT.. here comes the truth.. Once I knew he weren't tasting right etc I starting missing a pill so I could still enjoy them. Then before i knew it hadn't taken any pills and was back on 20 a day. Bujt never felt as down on them as i do today x

SmugColditz Wed 17-Sep-08 21:00:57

If you feel like you are failing, rather than buying fags and saying "One won't hurt", buy some nicotine patches of a fairly low dose and don't be scared to use them.

I was prescribed these when I quit (whilst pregnant) by the smoking cessation advisor, and I could not have done it without them. I never smoked again (freeeeedommmm!).

saggers Wed 17-Sep-08 21:01:53

1wish, yes, it worked for me. he doesn't tell you anything you don't already know, but makes you realise that it's just the fear of not smoking that keeps you doing it.
When I read it, I found myself actually crying. I stopped before I got to the end of the book, and felt so liberated stopping, that it got me through the tricky bits... The first coffee without one, the first morning, the first argument etc.. It really is a brilliant book. I would say Good Luck, but don't think you'll need it. Enjoy the freedom you will find!!

naturalblonde Wed 17-Sep-08 21:07:30

I stopped with dd, then one night I had a few to drink, thought 'ooh, a fag'd be good' and that was the end of that. I really struggled to give up with this pregnancy, found working away for a week helped, as I was busy all the time, and couldn't bring myself to smoke in fron of anyone once they knew I was pregnant. Once I'd managed the first 5 days it wasn't so bad.

I still get the occasional craving, esp in the evenings, but I know that I'm not the type of person who can have just one fag, and I really don't wanna have to give up again if I have any more babies. The guilt and agonising and attempts to justify it to myself in early pregnancy were terrible!

1wish Wed 17-Sep-08 21:08:36

Thanks saggers i'll definately give it a try, i think I do just need to change my attitude and stop seein it as something i can't live without.

Bekkaboo please stay strong, i'm gonna stop with you, I think we should create a support thread or something, that we can utilise all the time.

(I'll just apologise for my spelling and grammer, i know its terrible, you would never think I've just finished a degree!!! blush)

naturalblonde Wed 17-Sep-08 21:09:05

I agree with saggers, Allen Carr books are great, there's also an easyway to stop smoking for women, which covers smoking in pregnancy.

bekkaboo Wed 17-Sep-08 21:15:42

Yeah i think support group needed!! On the clock advice and somene telling you no dont do it xx

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