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Kyarker
Quit 7 days ago
Hey all,
I found out today I am pregnant! Fantastic surprise but the idea of quitting smoking terrifies me. I am going to see my doctor for some tips but would love to hear suggestions. 
-K
Last reply: 2 h ago
  • GregD
    Quit 284 days ago
    August 1 @ 11:34 pm
    Congratulations Kyarker! I'm 9 months quit and when you are where I am, nine months from now, you will be feeling FANTASTIC! I promise.
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,615 days ago
    August 2 @ 10:01 am
    Kyarker, congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to the forum.   First things first,  talk to your pharmacist about nicotine replacement products that are free if you are a B.C. resident and have a B.C. medical card.  You can also go cold turkey, though a bit more difficult very doable.  Drink plenty of water as this will help keep you hydrated and will help flush out the toxins from smoking.  Eat balanced meals and nutritious snacks, such as nuts of any kind, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds,  fruits and veggies or pretzels.  Stay away from junk food if you can.  Instead of coffee, have tea, no alcoholic drinks, try fruit juice instead.  For cravings, take deep breaths, count to ten and exhale and say NOPE to yourself continuously. (Not One Puff Ever)   Try taking a long walk everyday to stay fit and get fresh air into your lungs or anything that you may enjoy, swimming, cycling etc.  To distract yourself from smoking, try doing jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, play games on your Iphone or computer,  read a book such as Allan Carr's "Easy Way to Stop Smoking", do adult colouring or scrapbooking.  For relaxation, rest if you must as quitting is hard work, have nice warm baths, watch a funny movie  or try yoga and meditation.  If you feel sad,  depressed or angry, don't worry as these are normal responses to your quit and will get better in time.  For encouragement and support get in touch with the quit coaches at 1-877-455-2233 to help you formulate a plan and for day to day help if need be.  It's totally free.  Stay in touch here on the forum as we'd love to see you succeed and will help in any way possible.  Stay positive, listen to what your doctor recommends and keep smiling.  All the best, hugs, Lucille. 
    • K
      Kyarker
      Quit 7 days ago
      August 3 @ 7:51 am
      Wow thank-you so much Lucille. The kind words I have received on here have really be up lifting . I have taken your advice me grabbed myself some colouring books. I am finding the cravings tough but everyone's advice has helped and I have been able to push through however, I'm having the hardest time sleeping. Do you have any suggestions to help with that?
      • Lucille Brown
        Quit 1,615 days ago
        August 4 @ 10:19 am
        Kyarker,  a warm bath and a glass of warm milk before bed can help or you can try melatonin available without a prescription through your pharmacy.  It's a natural sleep inducer that may help if taken as the dosage prescribes.  You can also try a handful of cherries, it works for me when I can't get to sleep.  You can also read a book, for some reason that always puts me to sleep HaHa!  Give some of these a try and see what works best for you. One more thing the deep breaths that help with the cravings can also be used to help you relax and fall asleep.  Hugs, Lucille. 
  • DianneE
    Quit 670 days ago
    August 2 @ 5:41 pm
    Hi Kyaker
    Congrats on both, your pregnancy and making the decision to quit.  Use the 5 D's for when cravings hit, delay, distract, deep breaths, drink water and discuss.  Use every tool available including this forum.  It's a great resource with lots of supportive people.  Welcome and good luck! 
  • QuitCoach Linda
    Quit 5,671 days ago
    August 2 @ 8:30 pm
    Kyaker, congratulations on your pregnancy and on your decision to quit! Welcome to the forum. You have joined an amazing community and everyone here is very supportive. We all want to help you become tobacco free and we believe that you will be successful. Please read the posts above to get some helpful ideas and suggestions. If you would like extra support, please call us. We will be happy to guide you through your quitting process and answer any questions that you might have. Keep us updated on how you are doing. Take care. Wishing you the best of luck with your quit journey!
    • K
      Kyarker
      Quit 7 days ago
      August 3 @ 7:48 am
      Thank-you so much for the support Linda. Though the cravings are hard I have been able to push through but having the hardest time sleeping. Do you have any tips to help fall asleep? Again, thank-you for your kind words. 
  • QuitCoach Linda
    Quit 5,671 days ago
    2 h ago
    Kyarker, we are sorry to hear that you experienced sleep problem. We hope that your sleep will improve as you progress into your quit. Please hang in there. It's common to have a difficulty sleeping as your body adjust to the change. If your sleep problem persists for too long, please discuss with your doctor. Here are few tips that you might find helpful: try relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation etc. Also, you might find helpful to reduce your caffeine intake during the day, avoid alcohol, try not to eat too late or go to sleep at the same time every night. There are different approaches and what works for one person may not work for another one. Please experiment with different methods to see what works for you. Once again congratulations on all your hard work! Keep going strong. Take care.