It is recommended that you quit smoking if you plan on becoming pregnant, or as soon as you find out. The earlier you quit in pregnancy, the better, but any time is better than never! Talk to your doctor about quitting.
Here are 10 steps you can take if you want to quit smoking:
- Call the quit-line 1-800-QUIT-NOW to talk to a tobacco cessation counselor. They will have many more recommendations to help you reach your goal of being a nonsmoker!
- Set a date in the near future that you will quit smoking and start preparing.
- Tell everyone important in your life your “quit day” and ask them for their support.
- Make a list of all the reasons why you want to quit smoking. Keep it with you or hang it somewhere you will see often.
- Clean your house, your car and other areas where you smoke. Throw out your ashtrays and cartons of cigarettes.
- Identify and practice eliminating your "triggers". These are cues in your daily schedule that might tempt you to smoke. For example if you always smoke in the car, practice driving without smoking (put your cigarettes in your trunk).
- Keep your mouth busy: munch on veggies, chew gum or play with a straw.
- Just wait five minutes and see if your craving will pass. Find ways to distract yourself, take 10 slow, deep breathes or go brush your teeth.
- Get lots of support on your quit day. Keep busy but make sure it is not a stressful or important day either.
- Stay away from situations or people that you know will tempt you to start again. Feel great about being a nonsmoker and doing the right thing for your baby!
Talk to your doctor before you use any Nicotine Replacement Therapy products (gum, lozenges, patch, smoke free cigarette etc...). These are usually not recommended during pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor before taking any medications or if you find out you are pregnant and you are currently taking medications.
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