I can't figure out how to look past the first page of my post history on my tablet or I'd page the posters that talked about struggling with this.
Today marks two weeks sice the last time I smoked. I'm pretty ashamed, but I had 5 cigarettes in the 3 days after my BFP. I've smoked a pack a day for almost 10 years, so this is a big deal.
I've had my weight in sour candy because it's the only thing that will distract me. I've had to take a few walks at work to keep from having a meltdown. I have to convince myself every morning that I am a non-smoker...and sometimes multiple times throughout the day.
If there are posters out there suddenly having to quit cold turkey, it is possible. It's not easy but you will survive. The first week I just stayed angry. Furious. My inner monologue sounded like a tourette's outburst. At least I'm over that!
I would love to do a check-in with those who are/have quit smoking. If you need a litle encouragement from someone who has been there, message me.
I quit cold turkey, but I was fortunate because I had one puff before knowing I was pregnant and it tasted disgusting. If it makes you feel any better about your 5 cigs in three days--my friend was a smoker pack a day for ten years--same deal--and her doctors told her she could have 1 to 3 a day without doing too much damage
. She did that though out her whole pregnancy and her baby is normal sized and fine.
I'm not saying don't quit--QUIT--it'll make everything feel good for you and your baby, but don't beat yourself up too horribly about those five cigs.
think of the mothers in the 20's and 30's who didn't know any better--we all got here somehow.
A doctor that would say this should have his license pulled. Really? "much damage"? What is "much damage"? I agree with the PP that I have no compassion for people who smoke during pregnancy. Why? Well really for several reasons. First by now most people knew before they even started that smoking is extremely bad for you. Second, they are hurting a child by their CHOICE to continue smoking. Also those who smoke during pregnancy are going to smoke after the child is born--now the child gets to deal with lung infections, ear infections, problems with immunity, etc.
OP--Good luck! YOU CAN DO THIS!! Just remember that you are having a baby that you are going to love forever and will love you forever and this choice that you are making is just one of several that shows just how much you love him/her.
Finally, I hate the arguments that--my mom did it and I'm okay. Please don't use those, they sound ridiculous.