Those who are TTC and smoke or DID Smoke?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Yes, i got pregnant when i smoked. Gave up the day i got my bfp which was also the day my period was due…so 4 weeks pregnant/2 eeks after conception

In all honesty id planned to give up earlier….but didnt expect it to take only 2 cycles to get pregnant, esp since my husband hsd been away almost the entire month before and we only dtd twice in the 5 weeks before!

Im now 38 weeks 1 day and havent touched a cigarette since. I honestly dont know if ill ever smoke again but im going to try not to!

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Although its best to quit beforehand,  lots of women quit with no problem once they get their bfp. Its one of the main triggers for nausea and/or vomiting.  Like your body rejects the cigarette on its own.

Be gentle with yourself.  Smoking is considered by many health pros to be the most difficult addiction to deal with.

One day, one hour,  one minute,  ONE BREATH at a time. You can and will do it…

But in the meantime, i need to say…THANKS for honestly sharing your struggle and concerns, its so refreshing and you should be proud. We most often hear about how “healthy” everyone is, I wonder who buys all the ciggies, beer and doritos when it seems like everyone else lives as healthy as Gwyneth-fuckin’-Paltrow.

Niicotine addiction has become one of the last big taboos of our time. You will do it when you’re ready, baby or no baby. 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I was a smoker when I got pregnant with my daughter, that’s actually why I took a test in the first place, I was walking home and my cigarette tasted disgusting! I found out at around 6 weeks. I had no problem quitting right away. This pregnancy I found out super early (day before missed period) and I had a little more trouble quitting, It took about a week. I’m a fairly light smoker ( about 1-2 packs a week) so it’s never that hard for me to stop. it’s also a lot easier to justify smoking when you aren’t smoking that much, so it’s a double edged sword!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

just wanted to add that neither pregnancy was planned, but if they had been I would have quit/ cut waaay back before hand

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ShabbyChicBee:  Quit now! You will have healthier babies. It doesn’t always happen that it is easier to quit when you decide to TTC or even when you are pregnant.

I smoked all the way through my first pregnancy. No matter how hard I tried, I would literally crawl down the street to get more cigarettes. Quitting smoking can be hard. The only way to ensure that you are not a smoker when you conceive, or during your  pregancy is to start quitting now. It can take several attempts.

The thing that worked for me was my son being born 6 weeks premature and my doctor’s first words to me ” I told you that you would be putting your baby at risk if you didn’t quit smoking.”

 

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I quit smoking almost two years ago because I wanted to start getting ready to start a family…we aren’t actively TTC right now but we’re not doing anything to prevent it…anyway I smoked almost two packs a day and NEVER thought I would quit. Then I watched my dad die in a hospital, hooked up to IVs that had to be changed regularly and catheters and the works. He had brain cancer, which was not caused by him smoking, but I didn’t want to live the last days of my life like that, so I made huge lifestyle changes.

We never got pregnant, probably because of my other health issues, but even though we never got pregnant I’m really REALLY happy with my choice to quit smoking. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done but now that it’s DONE, I NEVER have to re-do it! Well, as long as I don’t start up again, but I don’t plan to! I’ve saved so much money! I feel great and I don’t smell anymore (when I smoked I had NO idea how bad cigarettes smell) so even though it was extremely hard I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I quit smoking shortly after we picked a date to start TTC – the date was about 10 months down the road. I was a heavy smoker, but also a stubborn person, so I read what you’re supposed to do, got rid of all my lighters and hidden packs, dry cleaned all my clothes, got some cinnimon sticks to chew on, and dropped that habit like it was hot. It was really bizarre and horrible for the first two weeks, and then it was a lot better and easier. I found out I was pregnant one year to the day that I quit! It’s really nice to not be a smoker, and I loved loved loved smoking, so that’s saying something! Also, I found that when I was pregnant I loved the smell of cigarettes, so I don’t think that everyone has an aversion to smoking when pregnant! 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My mom was a smoker, and quit the day she found out she was PG with my bother and never started again.

 

I do have a question for those who quit smoking and then started after baby, I don’t mean it in a mean way, just general curiosity. If you were able to quit throughout the entire pregnancy, what made you start again? 

It’s like a good friend of ours who smoked for 30+ years. He had a heart attack and was hopitalized for a couple of weeks. He couldn’t smoke the whole time in the hospital, and when asked about it he said he made it 2 weeks he figured he could keep going. That was every bit of 10 years ago and he still isn’t smoking. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@starfish0116:  not from personal experience but my sil quit smoking after finding out she was pregnant, and started up again after she was born. Her reasoning was that she didn’t WANT to quit smoking, but had to for pregnancies sake. Also she had a pretty stressful pregnancy and i think she really looked forward to that first cigarette after baby was born.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@starfish0116:  I can tell you that years later you still remember the sensation of drawing in that breath of cigarette  smoke and the total relaxation that comes over you.

It’s  not actually relaxing at all- smoking makes your heart beat faster, your BP go up etc, but a person who smokes doesn’t perceive it that way. To them it is comforting. As awful as their first cigarettes can be, it is so easy to start smoking again.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@family_girl:  i feel like your sil which is why im going to struggle to stay quit…i quit because i had to not because i wanted to and i still miss it!

Sadly pregnancy hasnt given me an aversion to cigarettes at all. I like the smell still and i want oje desperately!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was trying to cut down when TTC. I really believe that my smoking is what took me so long to conceive. As soon as I got the bfp I have not touched one since and I don’t plan to again!

it was really hard to quit during TTC since it can be such a stressful process!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

DH and I both smoke and even before we started TTC we decided we wanted to start cutting back.  For me, it’s something that I picked up in my wild child party days and it’s stuck around years after. I wish I could say since making the decision to TTC, I’ve put them down for good, but I have drastically reduced how much amd how often I smoke. DH bought both of us e-cigarettes so I’ve been using those as a substitute from time to time and once I do get my BFP, that is all I plan to use if I feel the desire to smoke.  They make a nicotine free cartridge so I’m going to keep those on hand for when/if that happens.  I truly hope that once I quit them for our baby, I quit them for good.  I have a few friends who quit during their pregnancy and picked them right back up afterwards. I always thought that was a bit strange, but I guess you never know until you’re in that position.  With DH’s support, I think I can kick them for good. FX!!

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