Can I cut down on cigarettes while I'm pregnant, or do I have to quit smoking altogether?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:08 PM on Sep. 25, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Girl, I'm with you. I'm 6 months and haven't been able to quit yet either, and cutting back is hard too. My doctors keep telling me that cutting back, even if just a few a day, is really good, and better than what you were originally smoking. It's always best to quit completely of course (if you can), but cutting back helps a TON also. Good luck!

    Answer by srhmldndo at 11:13 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • message me. i can help you out a bit. i was exactly where you are. i dont want people bashing on us because you know theyre going to. so mesage me and i can talk to you without people being mean!

    Answer by Amanduhpanda at 11:11 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • Yes you definatly need to quit. Its very harmful for the baby. Your baby can be born with low birth weight, immune deficiencies(sp), delayed developmental problems and a ton of other risks. I used to smoke before I got pregnant. I quit the day I found out. Look at it this way, everything that you take in, goes straight to the baby. Imagine yourself in a small room with no windows or doors and imagine that room filled with smoke. It would be hard for you to breath, right? Thats what your doing to your baby. Just think of quiting as protecting your child. You asking this question is a great sign that you really care. That baby relies on you for everything. Don't take in anything to harm him/her. Good luck and also, consult your doctor for help for quitting. They will give you great support.

    Answer by Oldham80 at 11:15 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • Yeah, you need to quit and even make sure you are not around other people smoking. Talk to your dr. about a safe way to quit while you are pregnant. Yes, it will be very hard but the health of your child is worth the struggle.

    Answer by MomOfDoubleJs at 11:15 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • You really should think about quiting. I quit when I found out I was preggars and I am very glad that I did. My children are all happy and healthy. My sister for an example to tell you why you should stop, she smoked the entire pregnacy and her son had sooooo many problems as a baby. He had ear infections frequently and ended up getting tubes in his ears at the age of 10 months. He was always getting sick. I know that there is people out there that say well there is nothing wrong with my baby and I smoke. My babies never got ear infections and rarely would get sick. You should really think about not smoking you will be doing what is best for your baby. I do know that once you make it past the first two days it gets easier. good luck

    Answer by Jenlos at 11:18 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • I know it will be very hard for you but I would really try your best to quit. Ask your doctor there might be something they can prescribe to help. Its best for you and the baby even if you only quit for the pregnancy.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:18 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • Its really hard. I had 3 cigs left in my pack when I found out, I finished them that day (I smoked about a pack to a pack and half a day at this time) after those 3, I have not had one since. It was hard, really hard, the first couple of weeks but it got better. Now, I can not stand the smell of them. My husband he smokes outside and when he comes in, I make him wash his hands because it just stinks now. Good luck and the baby should be your biggest motivator!!! It helps to think of it that way.

    Answer by vickwu at 11:20 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • I smoked my whole pregnancy, and i smoked about a pack and a half. My son will be one, and is fine. He was a little smaller at birth, but it is genetic. Everyone in my family was small. My doctor told me to quit, and i tired but couldnt. If you can i would suggest it, if not try not to smoke as much

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:36 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • my son has also NEVER been sick and he will be a year

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:37 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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  • I used to smoke too , to me was a way of life , didn't do anything without a cig ( cleaning , driving , chitchating etc) I didn't remeber life without cigs, since I was a smoker since I was 14 years old.When I got pregnant I couldn't just quit , I used to smoke about a pack a day b4 pregnancy and even more if I was drinking out so, 2 me it was almost imposible to quit. I told my gyno and she said that obviosly ideal would be to quit all together but if can't do it , at least cut dwn to maybe 1 or 2 a day .The most I went without it , I think it was 2 days .. but then everyday I'd "sneak" a cig here and there ,maybe 5 the most in some days and 2 in some days .I was crying after every cig and felt so freaking week , I thought I am the bigest looser 'cause not even the heart bit of my own baby can't make me quit all together.


    Answer by iubimom at 11:53 PM on Sep. 25, 2008

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