im trying so hard to give up smoking.

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  1. sarahj

    sarahj Well-Known Member

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    please please please tell me some grose facts about smoking when pregnant! im trying so hard but i just can not help myself sneak in the odd one or two, i feel soooooo guilty when i smoke it and swear it will be the last then 4 hours later i tell myself that that one will be the last. im sad and pathetic as i appear to be addicted to the bloody things.
    please help me
    sarah x
     
  2. Amanda

    Amanda Well-Known Member

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    Hi Sarah

    There are some great facts and tips here:

    http://www.pregnancyforum.co.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=54&sid=435cd0281a0523c8a79d6ffd9ecc4ca3

    I know only too well how hard it is to quit. I smoked on and off (more on than off) for 20 years, and stopped my 20 a day habit last October. I stopped because we were ttc and I read somewhere that the toxins in cigarettes can stop the sperm entering the egg. Funny how I stopped at the end of October and then conceived in December......

    If you ever need anyone to talk to, shout at, cry at, or support you, let me know.

    Oh, and Allan Carr's books are excellent. They completely change the way you view smoking.
     
  3. kelsey

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    Hi Sarah, I would say to give the book that Tankett says a go as it has worked for me. Also I would like to say a big thankyou to Tankett. I read your posts on the giving up smoking and bought the book. I finished it last monday night and have not had a cigarette since.

    Nikki
     
  4. sarahj

    sarahj Well-Known Member

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    tahnkyou im off to try and find the book!

    sarah x
     
  5. Guest

    I struggled to quit (think tere is about 5 'i'm quitting' threads by me on here) but at 27 weeks knowing I could give birth prematurely was what stopped me. If I hadn't of quit I dread to think what weight he would have been 6 weeks prem, he was 5lb 13oz luckily and is doing well now. 27 week old babies ghave a much much harder fight.

    Give it up if you can hun, honestly. I got a wake up before it was too late to reverse at least some damage.
     
  6. kellysomer

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    I am not a smoker and never have been so cant imagine how hard it is, i hate it! All i can say is well done for making that desision, there is no better time than pregnancy to give up!


    Try to visualise every breath you take is a baby breath too, you breath one and the same air, that should put you off!

    Good luck
    (((((hug))))))
     
  7. Amanda

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    Good, isn't he?? This guy was a 100 a day chain smoker, and quit!!! If he can do it, anyone can.

    I heard on the news yesterday that there will be a complete ban of smoking in public places next year. If you would have told me that last year, I would have gone mad and screamed that you were violating my rights and that I would smoke wherever I wanted to!! Yesterday however, I had a little cheer!! :lol: I went to the local pub Friday night for 2 drinks after work and spent the rest of the night at home moaning about how my clothes and hair stunk!!

    Well done Nikki - keep it up!

    And good luck Sarah - let us know if you need any help.
     
  8. sarahj

    sarahj Well-Known Member

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    ismoked 4 fags yesterday which really is not very much for me. i tried thinking ablout the every breath thing and that worked as i just feel guilty all the time. i am seeing my midwife for the first time on wednesday and i have been told there is a stop smoking midwife who will come and see me for tips and advice so i will be doing that! apart from that i am sooo bad tempered! i really want to give up and be happy go lucky but it just puts me in a really bad mood and im taking it out on my husband and kids which is not nice. it is half term this week so maybe it will be easier when they go back to school!

    thanks for your advice
    sarah
     
  9. kellysomer

    kellysomer Well-Known Member

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    Well done Sarah!!!!!

    We're all behind you, take your stress out on here and spare the OH and kids, he he! :D
     
  10. Amanda

    Amanda Well-Known Member

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    I've just found this Sarah that I thought would interest you:

    Pregnancy is about creating a new life, but ultimately it is the mother's decision whether or not to continue smoking. Your pregnancy can be a powerful motivation to give up smoking, because you're making this choice on behalf of your unborn child who is completely dependent on you.

    Pre-pregnancy

    Smoking makes it harder to conceive, irrespective of which partner smokes.

    Both female and male smokers have lower fertility levels, while adults who were born to mothers who smoked have less chance of becoming a parent themselves. Smoking also reduces the chances of IVF succeeding.

    It's thought nicotine reduces a woman's fertility by affecting the production of hormones that are necessary for pregnancy. Smoking also impedes the transportation of the egg through the Fallopian tubes to the womb.

    Male smokers tend to have a sperm count that is 15 per cent lower than that of non-smokers. Smoking can also:


    reduce the amount of semen


    harm the motility of sperm, ie their ability to move around


    affect their shape.


    Smoking can also affect the blood vessels that supply the penis, causing erection problems.

    If you're trying for a baby, all of the above could impair fertility.

    Quitting smoking will increase your ability to conceive and your likelihood of success with IVF.

    Why is it harmful to smoke during pregnancy?

    A baby in the womb gets everything from its mother. Nutrients and oxygen come via the placenta and umbilical cord. Smoking not only exposes the foetus to toxins in tobacco smoke, but it also damages placental function.

    When a person smokes, some of the oxygen in their blood is replaced by carbon monoxide. If a pregnant woman smokes, her blood and therefore her child's blood will contain less oxygen than normal. This can cause the foetal heart rate to rise as baby struggles to get enough oxygen.

    The particles in tobacco smoke contain different toxic substances that change the blood's ability to work in a healthy and normal manner. This can affect the placenta that feeds the baby.

    How smoking harms the unborn baby

    Babies born to mothers who smoke:


    are more likely to be born prematurely and with a low birth weight (below 2.5kg or 5lb 8oz).


    have a birth weight on average 200g (7oz) less than those born to non-smokers. This effect increases proportionally - the more the mother smokes, the less the child weighs.


    have organs that are smaller on average than babies born to non-smokers.


    have poorer lung function.


    are twice as likely to die from cot death. There seems to be a direct link between cot death and parents smoking.


    are ill more frequently. Babies born to women who smoked 15 cigarettes or more a day during pregnancy are taken into hospital twice as often during the first eight months of life.


    get painful diseases such as inflammation of the middle ear and asthmatic bronchitis more frequently in early childhood.


    are more likely to become smokers themselves in later years.


    In addition, pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of early miscarriage.

    In later pregnancy, smoking mothers are at increased risk of the baby's placenta coming away from the womb before the baby is born (placental abruption). This may cause the baby to be born prematurely, starve of oxygen, or even to die in the womb (stillborn).

    I'm pregnant and still smoking

    It is never too late to stop smoking. Every cigarette you decide not to smoke will help your and baby's health.

    Much of the damage caused by smoking can be reversed because your body is a living organism that has the ability to heal itself.

    Women who stopped smoking at the halfway point in their pregnancy gave birth to babies with the same average weight as women who had not smoked at all during pregnancy.

    You may be tempted just to cut down, but many smokers find they inhale more deeply when smoking fewer cigarettes. So though the number of cigarettes decreases, the intake of damaging substances doesn't because residues are concentrated towards the butt.

    Other studies show that even moderate cigarette smoking is damaging to the foetus, making quitting the most important thing you can do to improve your and baby's health.

    How to stop smoking

    You can get support and advice about stopping smoking from your midwife, antenatal clinic or GP. Evidence shows that counselling by qualified health professionals can double quit rates for pregnant women.

    Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) should not ideally be used by pregnant women as an aid to stopping smoking. But for the heaviest smokers who are unable to give up using willpower alone, NRT will deliver less nicotine than cigarettes and none of the other disease-causing agents, eg tar.

    You should only use NRT while pregnant after carefully discussing all the risks and benefits with your doctor.
     
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    sarahj Well-Known Member

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    wow. thank you. just what i needed to know im feeling strong enough and sick enough to give up smoking now.

    thank you
     
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    Hi sarahj,

    Im working on baby number 5 and with my other 4 children I smoked the whole time I was pregnant. All of my children were early and my largest baby was 6lbs 11 1/2ozs. I quit smoking long before I got pregnant with this one but as with anyone is/was addicted to smoking I struggle with it quite often and when I got pregnant and when I found myself struggling with it I just imagined what my child looked like in the womb full of smoke and with a cigarette in her hand smoking and lemme tell you that was enough to make those urges disappear!!! Try imagining it that way and see if that doesn't help. Good Luck it's a struggle but is a small price to pay for our unborn children, you can do it we're always here for support and you can PM anytime!!!

    xoxo Ree
     
  13. sarahj

    sarahj Well-Known Member

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    ok i have not had a fag this afternoon and i have not got any. i just keep thinking of having a ltlle baby in my house and all my fag smoke wafting around it. yuk. my house already smells better! im not bad tempered this time but i probaly will be tomorrow! oh well, i just have to get on and do it. although i will miss a smoking those funny fags..........if you know what i mean :wink:
    sarah x
     
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    good luck sarah!
    it's great that you are making an effort for your baby
    (just want to say if you can't quit in the end, don't stress about it: the stress is as bad for the baby as the nicotine is!!! :shock: )
     
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    lauramumof2 Well-Known Member

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    Im a great believer in hypnotherapy. I had the worst phobia about wasps and am not so scared of them. The thing is that people think I will love them now and become a beekeeper but its not like that. It controlled the fear and made me able to cope in situations where there were wasps and I think I can see how it would work with smoking.

    You would still like a ciggy but you would be able to control the craving. Its all about control. At no point during the sessions was I unaware of what was happening, there were no stop watches and clicking of fingers and no one said 'and your back in the room'.
     
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    don't know how true this fact is but it's definately something to think about!!!!

    Every time you inhale the smoke your baby can't breath!

    A scarry fact whether it's true or not!

    Good luck with giving up

    x
     
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    lisa31 Well-Known Member

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    Yep -think thats true I heard that as well. Makes me sick to think about it

    L x
     
  18. futuremum

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    Hi Sarah!!!

    I stopped smoking when i was 12 weeks pregnant. Do not go cold turkey, go for local support. i used the lozanges and after 3 weeks i did not use anything at all. It has been 8 months now that i have stopped smoking. I still do fancy a fag from time to time and i even tried one not long ago but did not do anything for me, which am glad of!!!!

    When i gave birth, the girl next to me gave birth to a little boy who was just a week early but was only 5 pounds and so tiny compared to my baby who was 7 pounds 12. That is when i realised how happy i was to have stopped on time!!! she was a smoker.
     
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    lisa31 Well-Known Member

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    I used the losenges too - worked for me I have been stopped for 6 months now.

    It is hard and I just took each day as it came - still is hard some days but you have to keep perservering and when you see those horrible adverts on the TV it really makes you glad you stopped!

    Just come on here everynight - thats what I did when I stopped last august !!! - everyone was really great and it kept my mind occupied - we will give you all the support you need!

    L x
     

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