smoking while pregnant.be honest

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - First Trimester' started by amy16323, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. amy16323

    amy16323 Well-Known Member

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    i was wondering how many people here actually smoke while their pregnant ? im not gonna lie i do but im gonna start the nicotine gum today
     
  2. Malibu-x

    Malibu-x Active Member

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    Hi, I'm a smoker myself but am trying desperately to stop. since finding out I was pregnant I have gone from 20 a day to 4, which i think is pretty bloody good... I'm going to stop though got my first meeting woth anti-smoking counsoller on friday, have been also reading up in my pregnancy books and for every puff of a fag you have your baby's heart is having to work so much harder, and for every one fag you have their is a one percent chance of cot death once the baby is born, don't no about you but that quote really bought it home to me so.... I'm AGAINST smoking while pregnant,

    Let me know how the gum goes?
    x
     
  3. ramblinhaggis

    ramblinhaggis Call me Max - Mum to 4

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    I smoked from the age of 14 but stopped for all my pregnancies including this one. You ask for honesty and i will give it, from my opinion. Its an addiction, i was certainly addicted, 20+ a day. But if you want your baby to have the best start possible you will do your upmost to quit. Even if you cant, but you try your best, cut down, go to lighter smokes, anything like that all counts. There is always someone whom smoked, drank, took drugs etc in their pregnancy and had normal healthy labours and children, it DOESNT mean that will always be the case with anyone else whom does the same. Its a case of weighing it up, deciding whats the most important.

    As i say, if you try all you can then thats enough, even if you dont manage to stop fully. I know some midwives advise cutting down first before quitting as stopping totally can be a shock to your body. Dont beat yourself up about it, but do try your best. xxx
     
  4. sambam

    sambam Mummy of 2 princesses!

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    hiya... i just found out im pregnant last nite, and im a smoker !...
    its really hard giving up, especially as my husband smokes too.
    i smoked all the way through my last pregnancy and my daughter was a healthy full term 8lb 9oz !...
    i did try patches last time, but i had morning sickness and i was just a mess!...
    i wish i never started
    xx
     
  5. twinkletoes80

    twinkletoes80 Pregnant with my first

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    Everything we ingest our babies ingest. I am not being judgmental here but smoking is absolutely terrible for our babies. Do your best to quit ladies, I just dont think its fair at all to give another human that poor start in life. Often the health problems due to having a mother who smoked during pregnancy wont show up for some years. The "healthy" weight at birth means nothing.
     
  6. kermie219

    kermie219 Well-Known Member

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    I got my BFP 2 weeks ago today and haven't smoked since then.......I don't know why it was easy it just was. I'm 28 and have been smoking since school so it was a huge problem with me. I sometimes want one but just have to make myself not do it for the health of this baby. Smoking was a decision I made....a decision to allow myself to harm my own body I don't think it's fair for me to smoke while another being is using my body to grow, I know how weird that must sound. But for the sake of the baby I choose to not smoke lay off the caffene and eat properly it's only fair life is hard enough without the added health risks that I could cause him or her.

    Good luck to those who are trying to quit!!! It's hard but be strong!!!
     
  7. mummy0704

    mummy0704 mummy to 3

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    hi, i smoke i have cut down since i found out, but not been able to give up completely, i tried but just found myself screaming and shouting at my other kids, i've spoken to my midwife who just said i've done well cutting down and just to try my best. good luck with the gum x x
     
  8. Rozie_1985

    Rozie_1985 Mummy To Joel

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    I went cold turkey when i found out last Sunday.. its been going good so far!! Hard but good!
     
  9. trashit

    trashit Guest

    i was on 20 a day before i found out i was pregnant and that just made me stop instantly, didnt take patches or gum or anything, just the thought of me making something go wrong was enough to stop me :)
     
  10. hopefulfor09

    hopefulfor09 Well-Known Member

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    I was a smoker until the day I got by BFP. I have quit in the past but bringing a cigarette to my mouth while pregnant just isn't really an option for me - my doc doesn't mince words either. She basically said - smoking will increase your chances of miscarriage by between 18-20%, I don't care how hard it is....that number was enough for me. I haven't touched a cigarette since. She also said this whole "shock to your system, cut down slowly business." is BS and I agree." Stress and withdrawal don't cross the placenta, smoke and nicotine do.

    I know it's hard girls but think about it.....imagine being locked in a room - a tiny room and it being filled with smoke on a regular basis. How terrible would that be? I don't want to offend anyone but having been there and quit......I have to say I have Zero tolerance for pregnant woman who smoke. Physical withdrawal is gone in 72 hours - the rest is mental. I know it can be so hard but for the health of your bubbs....please quit.
     
  11. sahara

    sahara Me, my OH and DD Nicola

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    I gave up for nealry 6 months of my pregnancy with my daughter and went back to it after she was born. Luckily I gave up last November after my Mum died of Lung cancer so I haven't smoked at all with this pregnancy and I am so glad I haven't.

    Every puff I had with my daughter I beat myself up and guilt is terrible, I still feel guilty now when I think about it.

    My OH brothers girlfriend had a baby boy at the end of June. She had to be induced ealry because a low doppler count which is something - I think - to do with the blood flow down the the umbilcal cord. She smoked throughout her pregnancy. I am not saying the smoking caused it - but I know smoking cuases problems with the placenta/umbilical cord etc so.............?

    I know its hard to give up and I am no person to judge as I smoked through some of my last pregnancy - I just wish you all the best and hope you can do it for yours and your babys health.

    Good luck :thumbup:
     
  12. Rozie_1985

    Rozie_1985 Mummy To Joel

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    This is sooooo true im totally over it, and i can't believe how easy im finding it!!
     
  13. marie-louise

    marie-louise Well-Known Member

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    Hey there,

    I smoked until I got a bfp in may, I never touched one while I knew I was pregnant,I couldn't and wouldn't physically do it. unfortunately I had a mmc in that pregnancy, we went through 11 days of not knowing whether the baby was dead and only when there was absolutely no doubt did I pick up a smoke and that was because I was so upset and heartbroken. I am now four weeks pg and I stopped again once I thought that there was any possibility. Any time I smoked at work or out after the miscarriage I felt so guilty and that people would be thinking that it was because I smoked that I lost my baby. I know that is silly but I felt ashamed for doing it. I am just saying what happened to me, I do not judge and am not giving any opinions on the subject. Good luck to those who are trying to quit, I know it is tough xx
     
  14. amazed

    amazed Mummy of 4 <3

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    I smoked though my first 2 pregnancies and had very stressful ones... i had very small babies... then gave up right before i had my 3rd had a healthy pregnancy,got a proper bump and gave birth to a 7lb 3oz baby ... things it says it for it self.... believe me though i really know how hard it is giving up.... bt im so pleased now... ive been smoke free 3 years this nov....
     
  15. MummyToAmberx

    MummyToAmberx Mum to 3 Girls 1 Boy

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    I smoked on/off before my pregnancy, went i found out, i was so shocked,scared etc etc i started smoking again, i was nearly 20wks at this point, then OH was stressing me out really bad, continued nearly all my pregnancy, most 3 a day though.
    This pregnancy had odd 20pack but it lasted me 12weeks, lol!
     
  16. polo_princess

    polo_princess ♥ Brookes Mummy ♥

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    Ive been there and its hard but you can do it, just keep at it girls and well done for cutting down on what you have so far, every 1 cigarette you have less is a step in the right direction.

    The more support you can get from eachother the better, you dont need people preaching and using scare tactics to get you to quit, that wont do a thing.

    Best of luck ladies :thumbup:
     
  17. MrsRoughton

    MrsRoughton PREGNANT!

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    I managed to stop when i found out i was pg and i found that easy but then started again when she was 8 months old.. it started on the odd night out or going round my friends house for a few glasses of wine, i so wish i had never done it i have had numerous attempts at giving up but always relapse. i always smoke outside and never in front of my lo. but i really want to give up and don't know why its different this time! i will keep going and am determined to give up before ttc my next baby!
     
  18. bexie1985

    bexie1985 Well-Known Member

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    i gave up as soon as i found out with both, smoking and alcohol. i think its selfish to keep smoking as we all know the risks, and im sure no one wnts to halm their unborn baby, to me, its not even a problem anymore, i found out at 3weeks and havent had one since (8weeks on) i dont even want one anymore!!
     
  19. ILoveShoes

    ILoveShoes Well-Known Member

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    Hello!
    I just wanted to say, if anyone is interested in stopping smoking, get in touch with your local NHS Stop Smoking service.
    They normally have advisers who specialise in working with pregnant ladies, and have got loads of experience in helping mums-to-be to quit. They can advise you on which products would be most suitable too (gum, patches, inhaler etc).
    I hope you don't mind me gatecrashing your thread!
    xx
     
  20. hibiscus07

    hibiscus07 #1=Jack; EDD#2=Feb 8,2014

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    I gave up smoking about a year ago, fortunately, and I'd been smoking since high school (I'm 32 now). For me, I honestly think the addiction was more of an oral fixation and a nice mental break, rather than the nicotine. I still have cravings and gum seems to do the trick---not nicotine gum, but just regular sugarless chewing gum.
    I would avoid the nicotine gum while pregnant, too, and just force yourself to go cold turkey. Actually, Wellbutrin (Bupropion) is one of the safer anti-depressants during pregnancy and it is prescribed to help people stop smoking. It's definitely safer than cigarettes, so if you can get that from your doctor, that's a start.
     

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