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tdeakin
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Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:01 am 
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hi everyone i need some help i always said i would never smoke when pregnant but im finding it so hard so i thought if i only have two cigaretts a day and then cut down to nothing a day from there i should be ok but will two a day do anything harmful to the baby as long as i stop by the time i get to 5 months please help i dont know what to do!
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Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:57 am 
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Hi this has been quite a deabte on here over the last week or two - Its titled smoking and is in general pregnancy (I think)....try and give up its not healthy for you or your little one. Take care and good luck, Flossie xx
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Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:30 am 
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HI ladies,

I agree with Flossie. Statistics have shown that smoking whilst pregnant can have extremely detrimental affects on your unborn baby regardless of how many you smoke. I would say that it is very important that you give up a.s.a.p. As I have never smoked I find it hard to empathise with you, but I know it must be hard to give up, so perhaps you could try and get some help from the NHS as I believe they can p articularly help expectant mothers.

Good luck x
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Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:43 am 
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I have also heard it is bad as it reduces the amount of oxygen your baby gets and slows growth. Obviously 2 cigs a day is better than 20 but try your hardest xxx
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Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:24 pm 
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smoking in pregnancy is a definite no no.....i would read too much, i would just be safe in the knowledge that cigarettes are full of nasty things and will cross your placenta. I really do think that love and concern for your unborn child should override the urge to smoke, just think about the fact that you are not just harming yourself anymore you are harming someone that can't make the decision to avoid it....and we all want the very best for our babies.

Sorry if this is direct, but i find it's the best way to. My husband and father in law smoke heavily, but have both given up in time for the babys arrival...love conquers all ...cliche!!!!!

love k
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Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:52 pm 
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Please please please find the strength to stop smoking completely. The dangers to an unborn baby are immense. It sounds like you really want to quit, so any support we can give you on here, we will ! Good luck, you can do it!! x
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Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:31 pm 
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Hi there

first time for me as well. i quit smoking the day i found out i was pregnant. it's not easy but knowing that i'm doing it for him/her makes it worthwhile. wish u the best to quit.... at least for now. you can re-start if u wish after u give birth Twisted Evil
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Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:31 pm 
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hey, i used to smoke and carried on just a couple a day when i found i was pregnant... tried so hard to stop but always seemed to end up having one or two. then it crept up to three or four and i realised it had to stop completely.

im not going to tell you how it harms the baby coz duh! we all know that! but when you are addicted so strongly it is not a matter of rational thought...

im 17 weeks now and havnt had a ciggie for nearly three months now.

i wont kid you.. i STILL want one now and then but it does get easier and i am happy ive stopped foir myself as well as the baby. i want to be free of dependance on something that is actually really not nice... i stopped once for three weeks and then had one and it tasted horrible.. but god i was happy with my nicotine hit!!

talk to your gp, there are lots of help ie nicotine replacement if you really cant stop and there is a helpline esp for pregnant women trying to stop

0800 1699 169.

i found the alan carr book the easy way to stop smoking really helpfull...
also i had a present buying schedule which really helped (esp when i was arounf friends who smoke) after your first three days no smoking buy yourself something nice, then after a week and three days then aftwr three weeks etc.. i found this really helped and i spent less than i would normally on cigs!!
loads of luck and remember there are lots of us ex smoker pregnant women YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!

lots luck
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Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:13 pm 
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thankyou everyone for your help i am going to my midwife tomorrow for some help xxx
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Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:29 pm 
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Goodluck Tdeakin, let us know how u get on. You can do it, and think how much better you will feel!! And all the money u will save too!

Good luck! x
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Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:23 pm 
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thers no point cuttin dwn i tried that an it dnt wrk lol, ule jst av t go cold turley ive quit tday im findin it rly hard bt its like sum1 else sed in anuva forum wen u smoke its like sitting with ur baby ina really smokey pub and 1 thing ,y mum told me which rly ypset me is that wen u smoke at 12 weeks the baby tries to get away frm the smoke and moves to do so bt it cant that the 1 thnk whick has meade me quit tday and the fact i havnt been eating half as much as i shud, i hope this helps you good luck it isnt easy no matter wot ne says lol xx
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Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:43 pm 
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Well done all you ladies that have given up and good luck to those of you who have decided to quit for themselves as well as their unborn baby, my mum has just given up she has been smoking for 40 years!! There is so much help out there for people who are struggling, take it with both hands.......

Good luck girls, we are all behind you, Flossie xx
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Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:37 am 
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i have my midwife appointment today and my scan maybe that will help me i have already tried going cold turkey 3 times this year and failed i really want to do this i feel im not a stong person but my boyfriend is helping me he gave up a year ago and he cant stand smoking but he knows how hard it is so he said to me cut down to two a day and then by the time i get to five months i wont want one coz apparently the baby will regect it and i wil be sick or something. thankyou everyone and il let you know about my scan xxxx
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Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:33 pm 
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if nothing else, this is what i used on my partner who smoked long after i gave up (as soon as i found i was pregnant,)
"think of the money you can save on the fags your buying all of which can be put towards the baby!"everytime he bought a pack of fags I would ask for E7.50 to go to the baby fund so every pack was costing him 15euro!He soon stopped!you should do the same thing!
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