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Dec 08, 2015 (04:36 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Welcome to Pregnets, Mjten. Thank you for sharing your story with the Pregnets community. We are all here to provide an open, safe space for people to seek support and learn from each other’s experiences.

We are sorry to see you were feeling upset. We know it can feel disappointing when you cannot quit. However, you have made tremendous progress - you cut down from two packs to under one pack! An incredible achievement! As you can see from Vinidpooh’s response to your post asking for advice, others are also focusing on the positives of your story: the amazing progress you’ve made so far! As the rest of this forum shows, you are not alone in your fears and challenges with quitting smoking. Pregnant or not, quitting can be challenging and can take time.

What techniques have you used to cut down from two packs to where you are now? Maybe you’re letting cravings pass by delaying smoking a cigarette. Or maybe you are changing your routine to avoid the triggers that would normally lead you to smoking. Whatever it is, we encourage you to write it down to help develop a concrete quit plan that works for you. For some inspiration, you can visit the Pregnets page on Dealing with Cravings

If you feel comfortable, we would love to continue hearing about your progress on the Pregnets discussion board. We are always here to lend an ear  Best of luck in your quit journey, Mjten!
 

~ Pregnets Team

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Dec 05, 2015 (11:06 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Thanks a lot for your support and I will definitely keep you posted!

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Vinidpooh
Dec 05, 2015 (11:05 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Hey MJ, welcome to this however I also am suffering from the same stuff, can I know how did you cut from 2 packs to a single pack? I have cut down from 15-16 a day to 8-9 but can't get it down from there, m in my 15th week already! Too scared

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Mjten
Dec 05, 2015 (09:10 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Newbie to this site... I'm trying to quit this filthy habit also.. Not only for myself but for our baby's sake... I'm 20 weeks... I've cut way back from 2 packs to under a pack... But still feeling guilty as hell. Depressed crying etc arggg

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Dec 03, 2015 (01:14 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Welcome to Pregnets, Vinidpooh! Pregnets is meant to be an open, non-judgmental space for sharing stories with your peers. We hope you will find value from this discussion board and look forward to learning more about your experiences during (and after!) your pregnancy 

First, we want to congratulate you on cutting down from 15-16 cigarettes a day to 8! That is an achievement to be proud of, and shows your commitment to having a healthier pregnancy for yourself and your baby.

From this forum, you can hopefully see how common your feelings are about the challenges of quitting smoking, even during pregnancy. In addition to this discussion board, Pregnets also offers a blog where women share their real-life experiences of smoking and pregnancy, including the strategies they used to help them cut down or quit smoking during their pregnancies. We have highlighted two of our bloggers here and hope you find their posts helpful in your own journey towards a healthy birth:

In her post entitled “In Conclusion – Thank You Pregnets”, blogger Deborah writes about the tactics she used in her quit journey, which she plans to keep using as her “journey to quit smoking continues.”

Pregnets blogger Tracie shared her own experience of how she quit during her pregnancy, and also interviewed one of her friends who used a different approach for having a smoke-free pregnancy. You can read about their successes and challenges in her post, "Quitting Smoking."

We encourage you to read through the Pregnets blog for more real-life experiences (both ups and downs) of our bloggers. If you have any questions about Pregnets bloggers, or would like to keep us updated on your progress, please feel free to post on the discussion board or email us at Pregnets@camh.ca

Best of luck!

~ Pregnets Team

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Nov 28, 2015 (09:33 AM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Hey all, I am 14 weeks today and struggling with the same issue! It's like tomorrow never comes, I am always craving for that one more Ciggarette but when I found out that I am pregnant, I cut down from 15-16 a day to 8 uptil now, went down to 4 too but couldn't stay on the same. I have no idea what to do, I feel so ashamed and guilty plus people keep on judging me instead of helping! I am not saying to encourage me, it's just that please stop judging me if you can't put yourself in my shoes! Please share some helpful thoughts to help cut down even more and I would like to know the real life experiences of the people who have smoked in their pregnancies if possible, please share

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Nov 04, 2015 (02:15 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Quit Meter
Smoke Free Days: 1296
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 10376
Amount Saved: $5,184.00
Life Gained
Days: 119 Hours: 22
Minutes: 21 Seconds: 10

I understand completely because it is a very bad habit to kick. Fortunately I got to the point where I couldn't take the smell of smoke any longer so I knew it was time for me to quit. I've been smoke free almost 3 months now and to be honest I really don't even crave a cigarette. I think after be part of this study and absorbing all the information in that was given to me I have finally have kicked smoking for good and I'll admit it feels good....Being pregnant made me really quit even more, it puts your baby at so many risks of different disabilities I so i just prayed on it stuck to my plan and never looked back because i knew my babies life was more important than that nicotine we crave. I pray everything gets better for you real soon just talk to GOD it really helps and works just believe in yourself and you can get it done.

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Oct 28, 2015 (02:09 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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Welcome to Pregnets, Amber  We are sorry to hear you had some trouble with the discussion board website. We thank you for trying to post again and for your open, honest post about your experience with pregnancy and smoking. We hope this discussion board can provide you with the support you need to help you through your quit journey.

We want to make sure you know you are not alone. Many women have come to us with similar stories, including Pregnets blogger Llew. She wrote a blog post about the challenges of quitting smoking while pregnant and the guilt that comes along the way. You can read more about Llew’s experience during her 2nd pregnancy on our blog: http://pregnetsblog.com/2014/09/22/embarrassed-ashamed-guilty/

All women, including Llew, have different needs when working to quit smoking. A great first step for most people is to set a quit date. It looks like you have already done that! A helpful next step is to make your environment as smoke-free as possible, such as:
  • Removing ashtrays from your house
  • Making your car a smoke-free space
  • Avoiding taking work breaks in the same space as your smoking co-workers
Many people find it helpful to write down their reasons for quitting to use as inspiration when they are faced with cravings. Your first posts on this board already got started on your list! So far, we can see your motivations include improving your health and providing a healthy space for your baby. It might help to write these and other reasons down, and keep this list with you to help you combat any cravings that may pop up.

Congratulations on your commitment to having a smoke-free pregnancy; we wish you luck in your journey! Pregnets and our readers look forward to reading about your progress. We are here to support you and answer any questions you have along the way.


~ Pregnets Team

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Oct 26, 2015 (06:22 PM) Reply | Quote 

       
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When I began typing this out I had a very long submission but the system timed out. Ha-so here is the short version. I am 29 weeks pregant and have not been able to kick cigarettes. I am ashamed, I feel guilty and the cigarettes are beating me down further and further. I have so many reasons why I have made excesuces for myself to not be successful in the non smoking journey. I have quit for 7 days before and tomorrow i will be trying to do it again. I hope my guilt will hopefully no longer haunt me and I can move foward in my life with out giving the tobacco industries the upperhand. I hope tomorrow I can be successful and report success to you readers in the coming days. Thanks for allowing me to share my words.

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