I Am Struggling to Quit Smoking While Pregnant: Will My Baby Be OK?

QUESTION:

“Hi, I’ve been having trouble quitting smoking, and I’m 9 weeks pregnant. If I stop now, do you think my baby will be okay?”

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TOP ANSWERS (AS SELECTED BY MODERATOR):

“I smoked a pack a day and quit cold turkey the day I found out I was pregnant with my first. My sister in law smokes less and has never succeeded at quitting after 4 pregnancies. It is NOT an indication of how much or little you love your child. It is really, really hard. You CAN do this. (Hugs).”

“Please just stop. There is absolutely no proof that quitting stresses your baby. That is simply not true.”

" Talk with you obgyn. Maybe patches could help you?

I smoked during pregnancy and my son was perfect. He was born at 41 weeks and weighed nearly 9 pounds. However, quitting sooner than later is best for both youth and baby! Hypnosis could also help if you’re open to it. Good luck momma!"

“I was a smoker, and I did not know I was pregnant with my first LO until 6 weeks. I quit cold turkey as soon as I found out and he is perfectly healthy. Just quit ASAP.”

“Yes. You are early enough. I get it’s hard. But your child’s health is more important than a bad habit.”

“If you cant quit, cut back, relax. While not good to smoke, there is a whole bunch of us out here that did and had no problems.”

“You’re a mom now. There are just some things you have to do for your kids. Quit asap. I quit as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I cried for a few days but I did it. And I had a hell of a stressful pregnancy but if I can, anyone can!”

“This was my biggest struggle while pregnant. I was never able to completely quit. I did cut back to almost nothing. My kids are now 17,15,12. They are extremely healthy. I was also pregnant during the time when the doctors didn’t recommend you quit cold turkey, they recommended to slow down first. I know things have changed in the last decade. This was just my experience.”

“Cutting back helped me this time around like every two days I’d cut out a cigarette and only smoke half cuz that second half normally smells and turns me away. The farther you get into it the harder it gets because it’ll become a craving outside of the habit itself. I smoked with my first two and my daughter was born purple having trouble breathing and my son came out fine. It’s really not something I suggest you allow to be really ok in your head, you know? But I believe the ob can help get into support groups and my ob said if I can’t hang with those then she can give me a safe prescription to help quit. I also suggest if the actual urge to do the “ritual” ie lighting the cigarette; holding it in your hand and so on, find an alternative. Like I’ll hold a pencil in between my fingers. I’ll just light the lighter. I won’t go near the areas that I would normally go to smoke. I pretty much treated it like when I hit addiction recovery. I also always ask “do I NEED this or do I WANT this” if I have to ask then I definitely do NOT need it. And I try to find something to sit through the urge. The urge itself will pass. You just gotta really sit through it. And the mood swing part is kinda fitting since you are already pregnant and hormonal lol.”

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Talk with you obgyn. Maybe patches could help you?
I smoked during pregnancy and my son was perfect. He was born at 41 weeks and weighed nearly 9 pounds. However, quitting sooner than later is best for both youth and baby! Hypnosis could also help if you’re open to it. Good luck momma!

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You will be fine I found the chewing gum was the only thing that helped x

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I was a smoker, and I did not know I was pregnant with my first LO until 6 weeks. I quit cold turkey as soon as I found out and he is perfectly healthy. Just quit ASAP.

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The sooner the better.

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I’m 30 weeks with my 5th and quitting has been hard I tried every pregnancy. My dr says just try to cut back a few a day and maybe you’ll work your way into quitting also she said I could try nicotine gum or patches they are better than all the other chemicals you get with smoking

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Try chantix it worked for me

If you cant quit, cut back, relax. While not good to smoke, there is a whole bunch of us out here that did and had no problems.

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I smoked a pack a day and quit cold turkey at 9 weeks and baby was just fine! It was hard but the guilt while smoking knowing I was pregnant was even harder. Suckers and gum!!!

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This was my biggest struggle while pregnant. I was never able to completely quit. I did cut back to almost nothing. My kids are now 17,15,12. They are extremely healthy. I was also pregnant during the time when the doctors didn’t recommend you quit cold turkey, they recommended to slow down first. I know things have changed in the last decade. This was just my experience.

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How much do you smoke would determine it for me. I’ve quit several times and the last time I quit was the cycle I got pregnant. I used a calendar and marked the amount I cut down to that week. So down to how many in an hour eventually down to 1 at wake up, 10am 1 pm, just like every 4 hours. The hardest to kick was the morning wake up and before bed. Switch off of menthols if you smoke those. Work with your doctor too.

Talk with your doctors. Please God do it slowly.

I tried and tried. But could not manage. Baby girl is perfect

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Drink lots of water. Don’t smoke with your coffee or other caffeine. Drop the unimportant ones first ( after a meal, when you get up, those are “important “. 10 am, not so much ). I smoked 2 1/2 packs a day for YEARS, quit over about 6 weeks.

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My best advice is to quit cold turkey. The reason I say that I was with a man who is trying to quit in the patches never worked for him his stepmother was trying to quit paying two or $300 for that little pill I mean it was a little bottle of pills it was supposed to help her quit smoking and she’s standing there with a cigarette lit pop in the pill and telling me it’s to help me quit smoking and I’m like but you’re smoking lol omg I tried to quit one time I got down to three cigarettes a day and then my husband went to jail for some stupid crap and that went right out the window and then I started smoking more. I know something when A girlfriend of mine had to quit smoking cigarettes,do to them finding a hole in her heart apparently had been there for years of her life and they had to split her chest open she quit smoking okay and started chewing gum sucking on Candy jolly ranchers peppermints. that just crossed my mind as I was telling you my comment

I smoked a pack a day and quit cold turkey the day I found out I was pregnant with my first. My sister in law smokes less and has never succeeded at quitting after 4 pregnancies. It is NOT an indication of how much or little you love your child. It is really, really hard. You CAN do this. (Hugs)

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I had a friend in school whose mother I saw smoke literally a pack a day while pregnant with her youngest child … thankfully nothing negative happened to her, but she didn’t even make an attempt to stop it. She said she smoked with all 4 pregnancies and it was the only thing that helped with her symptoms. :woman_shrugging:

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I just found out I’m pregnant as well and as soon as it was a for sure thing I stopped smoking all together sometimes it’s easier for others sometimes it’s not but gum does help, my aunt kept a bag of baby carrots to help her quit and it worked for her !

When I had to quit OB suggested weaning down. So each week I cut I half what I was smoking until I didnt smoke anymore. Only took about 3 weeks. Now the smell bothers the hell out of me

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Yes. You are early enough. I get it’s hard. But your child’s health is more important than a bad habit

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