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Mar 02, 2016 (03:56 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Thanks for the reply! I have been pretty stressed about the whole pregnancy thing...so that could be it! I think maybe I should check with my doctor about my level of exercise and if it's safe for me and the baby too just in case...
 
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Mar 02, 2016 (03:02 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Thank you so much for your question, Runningirl117. Congratulations on quitting! Stress can be a result of many different things happening in your life right now. First, it is very common for people to feel added stress when they first quit smoking because nicotine cravings can often feel like anxiety, depression and restlessness. Second, it is very natural to feel additional stress when pregnant because you are going through a major life change, which affects your sleep, work, lifestyle, financial situation and more.

In the past when you felt stressed, you might have gone for a smoke because it gave you a break or “time out” from work or from your busy household. Many women turn to cigarettes when they start feeling stressed because smoking reduces their cravings and relaxes them.  It is important to find new ways to reduce your stress so that you can avoid relapsing to smoking. It’s wonderful to see you’re doing some exercises to keep you and your baby healthy. Exercise during pregnancy is one of the best ways to manage and reduce stress. Exercise can also help you sleep better, improve your mood, give you more energy, and make it easier to quit smoking. 
 
But it’s important to remember that you want to listen to your body as much as possible. If your stress continues, you may want to consult your doctor, nurse, midwife, or doula to make sure that you and your baby are safe with the level of exercise you are doing.
Check out our site about exercising while pregnant for more information as well as our Nutrition page to help you eat well and keep healthy. You can also call the Exercise and Pregnancy Helpline which is a free service that gives information about exercise during pregnancy to pregnant women and women who want to get pregnant. Call toll free: 1-866-937-7678.  

Best of luck!

~Pregnets Team  

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Mar 02, 2016 (09:32 AM) Reply | Quote 

       
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So here's the thing. I quit smoking for about 4 weeks now, I wanna make this a smooth pregnancy for my body so I started exercising (and I heard it's a good distraction for cravings). But it ends up being the opposite!! I’m finding myself getting really stressed out every time I go for a run. So @pregnets should I stop exercising?  I really don't want to gain too much weight though. 

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