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5 weeks and trying to stop smoking

We just found out on Monday (today is Thursday) that we are 5 weeks along. I have been a pack a day smoker for years and this bundle of joy is coming as a surprise to us. Since we found out Monday I have cut back to 4-5 cigarettes a day. Is this ok for the next few days while I ween myself off, or am I already starting a trend of being a horrible mother? I have already quit drinking and started eating better and I dont want to throw my body into too much shock this early. Any suggestions?
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Re: 5 weeks and trying to stop smoking

  • I saw on TV today that you can start doing harm to your baby (from smoking, drinking, drugs, etc) as early as 17 days after conception (you are past there).  I don't smoke, but I would talk to your Dr.  In my opinion it would be best to quit cold turkey and TODAY.
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  • its actually better to wean yourself than to cold turkey. cut back for a few days to 4-5 then within the next week or two - get down to none. :) good luck!
  • Once you start to get m/s and that "gaggy" feeling, smoking will be the last thing you'll want to do.
     
    It's good that you've cut back that much but you really need to try to quit. I was a pack every 2-3 day smoker and as soon as I got my BFP, I threw away my cigarettes and lighters. I tried to have one hit of DH's cigarette about 2 weeks ago and I coughed like it was my first time. I'll never do it again.
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  • I personally don't think smoking in any amount is okay while pregnant! I would call your doctor asap and see what other remedies are safe to help you quit while pregnant. Or try carrying around a bag of carrots and eating them when you want to smoke, or call a hypnotist. Anything you can do to not smoke will be better for you and the baby!
  • I stopped immediately cold turkey because I knew if I justified smoking early in pregnancy, I would never quit 100%.

    That said, some people have a tougher time than others.  I think it's great that you have cut down so much.

    If you're going to quit entirely, think of it this way-- you have the best reason in the world to stop right now. 

    I read something about how every cigarette is like trapping your fetus in a smoke-filled chamber, and that was enough for me.  If you want to scare yourself out of smoking, just read the research or try to find videos, etc.

    Good luck!

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  • Just remember that everyone quits differently--and it's really easy for non-smokers to say "just quit cold turkey!" Even pregnant, it's just not that easy.

    At this point, cutting back is a great first step. Take it day by day, and slowly get that number down to zero. Sure, it would be great if you could quit cold turkey from day one, but just remember that you're ultimately making the best choice for your baby, even if it takes a week or two longer.

    Good luck!!

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  • Talk to your doctor ASAP.. I am sure you are not the first smoker to become pregnant usexpectadly.  I am sure she has some tips to help you stop faster... or can tell you something at least.

     

     GOOD LUCK!

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  • i've been a smoker for a long time and yes i was smoking when i found out that i was pregnant and i've been cutting down ... i was a pack a day plus sometimes. i maybe smoke 4 or 5 cigarettes a day and i'm at the point now where i don't really need it ... and find that i skip some ... trust me ... once you cut down and start skipping the smokes it'll be the easier thing ever. i find now that when DH smokes outside and comes in I can't handle the smell of the smoke.  Good Luck!
  • I don't think I have to tell you that smoking while pregnant is bad for the baby, in any amount.  However, I have heard doctor's say that it is best (for some people) to quit in stages, because it can stress your system more to go through the nicotine withdrawal.

    If you can, quit right now.  If you think that is impossible, I would set a goal, maybe 10 days from now, and cut back a cigarette a day, every couple of days, until you are done.  Having an exact goal date might make it less likely that you will smoke any longer than planned.

  • HOORAY!  Good for you for taking that first step.  As previous people have recommended I would definitely ask your doctor for help and guidance.   I've heard the same, that quitting cold turkey isn't always the best route.  Your doctor should be able to tell you how much to cut back at what time intervals and may be able to help with medication.  Good luck!
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    image xjessickax:
    We just found out on Monday (today is Thursday) that we are 5 weeks along. I have been a pack a day smoker for years and this bundle of joy is coming as a surprise to us. Since we found out Monday I have cut back to 4-5 cigarettes a day. Is this ok for the next few days while I ween myself off, or am I already starting a trend of being a horrible mother? I have already quit drinking and started eating better and I dont want to throw my body into too much shock this early. Any suggestions?

    Just stop.

  • Talk to your OB.  S/he might know of anti-smoking programs, etc. that might help you.

    I really commend you for trying to quit.  If you need more inspiration, go visit the preemie board and remember that smoking puts your baby's life and health at risk.

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    Just stop.

    Gee, I bet she never thought of that!

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    image xjessickax:
    We just found out on Monday (today is Thursday) that we are 5 weeks along. I have been a pack a day smoker for years and this bundle of joy is coming as a surprise to us. Since we found out Monday I have cut back to 4-5 cigarettes a day. Is this ok for the next few days while I ween myself off, or am I already starting a trend of being a horrible mother? I have already quit drinking and started eating better and I dont want to throw my body into too much shock this early. Any suggestions?

    Just stop.

    oh shut up and go away. 

  • Get rid of all your ciggies, lighters, ashtrays.  Leave yourself with 1 pack and give your self a week to wean yourself off of it!  Once those cigs are gone, you're done.  No excuses.

    Throwing away everything cigarette related really is an important step!!  I don't care if you just bought a new carton, throw them away!  Getting all smoking things away from you will help reduce your urges.  Get straws to chew on to cure your oral fixation.  I used to carry change in my hand and jingle it to because I didn't like my hands sitting still...  Figure out the things that cue your urge to smoke then find ways to distract yourself from them.

    Good luck - quitting smoking will be the hardest thing you ever do!  If you need support feel free to PM me!

    (I was a pack a day smoker for 5 years and quit 7 years ago... and every day I still want a cigarette.  It never gets any easier either.  But that is just a testament to how addictive cigarettes really are!  I am too proud to have a cigarette and my pride is what has kept me smoke free for 7 years!!)

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    Just remember that everyone quits differently--and it's really easy for non-smokers to say "just quit cold turkey!" Even pregnant, it's just not that easy.

    At this point, cutting back is a great first step. Take it day by day, and slowly get that number down to zero. Sure, it would be great if you could quit cold turkey from day one, but just remember that you're ultimately making the best choice for your baby, even if it takes a week or two longer.

    Good luck!!

    This, and GL.

    All I can do is speak from experience. I quit about 7 years ago, and I did it cold turkey. The first few days were hard, but once I got over that hump it got easier.

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    Just stop.

    Gee, I bet she never thought of that!

    no kidding.

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    image xjessickax:
    We just found out on Monday (today is Thursday) that we are 5 weeks along. I have been a pack a day smoker for years and this bundle of joy is coming as a surprise to us. Since we found out Monday I have cut back to 4-5 cigarettes a day. Is this ok for the next few days while I ween myself off, or am I already starting a trend of being a horrible mother? I have already quit drinking and started eating better and I dont want to throw my body into too much shock this early. Any suggestions?

    Just stop.

    This!

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    i've been a smoker for a long time and yes i was smoking when i found out that i was pregnant and i've been cutting down ... i was a pack a day plus sometimes. i maybe smoke 4 or 5 cigarettes a day and i'm at the point now where i don't really need it ... and find that i skip some ... trust me ... once you cut down and start skipping the smokes it'll be the easier thing ever. i find now that when DH smokes outside and comes in I can't handle the smell of the smoke.  Good Luck!

    I am also unexpectedly pg...I found out after we got back from vac in VEGAS!!!!  I was a pack a day + smoker.  I cut back to 6 a day immediately and am now down to 4.  I'm finding it easier to cut back now.  Just get yourself out of the habitual smoking times.  Mine was my car ride to work, 10 am stress smoke, before and after lunch and car ride home...that's 5 before I even got home! So now I walked out with my co-workat 10 am but I'm literally out for fresh air and to take that break, no smoking. As I cut back more and more, I find it easier and easier.  I plan to be smoke free within 1-2 weeks. 

    I know in my heart of hearts I HAVE to stop and I am trying.  But there is so much going on with you esp. when it's unplanned that it's really hard to just stop.

    Good luck and we're all here to chat if you need! Big Smile

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    image Lurksgirl:
    i've been a smoker for a long time and yes i was smoking when i found out that i was pregnant and i've been cutting down ... i was a pack a day plus sometimes. i maybe smoke 4 or 5 cigarettes a day and i'm at the point now where i don't really need it ... and find that i skip some ... trust me ... once you cut down and start skipping the smokes it'll be the easier thing ever. i find now that when DH smokes outside and comes in I can't handle the smell of the smoke.  Good Luck!

    I am also unexpectedly pg...I found out after we got back from vac in VEGAS!!!!  I was a pack a day + smoker.  I cut back to 6 a day immediately and am now down to 4.  I'm finding it easier to cut back now.  Just get yourself out of the habitual smoking times.  Mine was my car ride to work, 10 am stress smoke, before and after lunch and car ride home...that's 5 before I even got home! So now I walked out with my co-workat 10 am but I'm literally out for fresh air and to take that break, no smoking. As I cut back more and more, I find it easier and easier.  I plan to be smoke free within 1-2 weeks. 

    I know in my heart of hearts I HAVE to stop and I am trying.  But there is so much going on with you esp. when it's unplanned that it's really hard to just stop.

    Good luck and we're all here to chat if you need! Big Smile


    good luck to you too :) way to go on cutting back! 


  • I smoked up until we started trying with DD#1.  I pretty much did it cold turkey, got a BFP pretty soon afterward, and never looked back.  Doesn't mean I didn't (and still don't) crave them once in a while.  It will be very hard, but totally worth it when you think of the health and well-being of your baby.

     Good luck!!!

  • Thank you everyone for your suggestions and support!

    I know it will be very helpful to me to help quit ASAP.

    I am hoping to report on Monday that I am no longer a smoker :) Thanks!

  • I quit the day I got my BFP and haven't had one since.  I still get a craving now and then.  I don't have any advice.  It seems like you're doing the best you can.  Everyone is different and its a hard thing to do. Try to keep cutting back and you'll be fine.  Good luck!
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    Best of luck to you - work with your physician and devise a plan.  Of course we all know smoking is harmful, but your brain is physically and biochemically altered right now, and a trained professional should advise you on how to best quit.

    And if you need to wean yourself gradually, that's fine. Smoking is harmful to fetuses but it does not instantly kill or maim them for crying out loud.  Some of the posters with flip comments about "just quitting" would do well to educate themselves.

     

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  • It is one of the hardest things to do, but sooooo worth it in the end. I smoked 1+packs a day when I found out I was pg with DD. Luckily, I only had 2 cigs. left in the pack when I got my BFP. I remember sitting alone, before going home to tell DH, and smoking my last cig. I actually cried! I felt like I was loosing a friend! I won't lie or sugar-coat it...it sucked! your hormones are going crazy and now you're going through withdrawels. But it will get better! I promise. My last cig. was August 27th, 2007. I have been "butt" free for almost 2 years! I still miss it, but I know I just added more years to my life, and more $$$ in my pocket! 

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! Just take 1 day (sometimes 1 hour) at a time!!! It's sooo worth it!

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  • No real advice, other than to echo calling the doc and saying that having already started a step-down program is a great step.  Good for you for doing the best thing for your baby, and lots of luck.

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  • Quit today, no amount of weaning or waiting is worth the damage that you are doing to your baby or the guilt you will feel if the baby has a birth defect (wether or not it is related)

    Quitting is never easy but you have the best reason in the world

    I was 9wks PG when I realized it with DS?
    I quit the day I got my BFP & I was terrified of what damage I had already done. DS has a heart condition & I will never know if those few weeks that I did not know I was PG are what caused it.?

    IMO you ARE being a bad mom by not quitting & you are letting yourself off to easy. It is in your power to quit today?
    I can't believe you were able to smoke for three additional day after you found out
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    QUIT harming your unborn child?
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    Quit today, no amount of weaning or waiting is worth the damage that you are doing to your baby or the guilt you will feel if the baby has a birth defect (wether or not it is related)

    Quitting is never easy but you have the best reason in the world

    I was 9wks PG when I realized it with DS 
    I quit the day I got my BFP & I was terrified of what damage I had already done. DS has a heart condition & I will never know if those few weeks that I did not know I was PG are what caused it. 

    IMO you ARE being a bad mom by not quitting & you are letting yourself off to easy. It is in your power to quit today 
    I can't believe you were able to smoke for three additional day after you found out
     
    QUIT harming your unborn child 
     

    :snicker: stfu. she is doing a fabulous job by trying to quit by monday!! 

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    Quit today, no amount of weaning or waiting is worth the damage that you are doing to your baby or the guilt you will feel if the baby has a birth defect (wether or not it is related)

    Quitting is never easy but you have the best reason in the world

    I was 9wks PG when I realized it with DS 
    I quit the day I got my BFP & I was terrified of what damage I had already done. DS has a heart condition & I will never know if those few weeks that I did not know I was PG are what caused it. 

    IMO you ARE being a bad mom by not quitting & you are letting yourself off to easy. It is in your power to quit today 
    I can't believe you were able to smoke for three additional day after you found out
     
    QUIT harming your unborn child 
     

    What a tool.

    Why do people ever think that self-righteous is helpful?

    Because it's not, and then you look like a douchebag. 

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    image Addicted2Thenot:
    Quit today, no amount of weaning or waiting is worth the damage that you are doing to your baby or the guilt you will feel if the baby has a birth defect (wether or not it is related)

    Quitting is never easy but you have the best reason in the world

    I was 9wks PG when I realized it with DS 
    I quit the day I got my BFP & I was terrified of what damage I had already done. DS has a heart condition & I will never know if those few weeks that I did not know I was PG are what caused it. 

    IMO you ARE being a bad mom by not quitting & you are letting yourself off to easy. It is in your power to quit today 
    I can't believe you were able to smoke for three additional day after you found out
     
    QUIT harming your unborn child 
     

    Confused I'm sorry, do you have some sort of medical degree, because you seem to be pretty confident in your assertions.  And BTW, guilt has never cured a biochemical and physical dependency.

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