I'm a smoker. As soon as I realized that I was pregnant, I began trying to quit. Everything I read said that quitting cold turkey was a bad idea, as it puts stress on your body and, by proxy, the baby. As this is my first pregnancy and I'm already terrified of a miscarriage, I didn't want to do anything to increase the chances of that happening.
I've managed to get my cigarette habit down to 3-4 a day, which is a vast improvement over my former pack-a-day habit. However, I can't seem to shake those 3-4. Today, I went the longest I've gone without smoking. I usually always had to smoke in the morning on my way to work. I haven't done that for the past week, I believe, and today I didn't smoke until about noon, as opposed to the usual 7:45 a.m. or so before. While I'm proud of this accomplishment, every time I smoke I feel guilty. Today, I held out as long as I could until I started to feel the creepy crawlies and the tightness in my forehead that I get when my body is screaming, "NICOTINE!" I tried as long as I could to stall, but finally I broke. I didn't even smoke half of a cigarette (and they're the 72s - the little tiny ones) and I feel better physically, but I've got to figure out a faster way to quit. I feel like every cigarette I smoke is doing something terrible to the fetus.
I need help! I have my first OB appointment on Tuesday of next week, and I wanted to have quit by then. If I haven't, I'll be sure to ask my OB what to do, but I thought some insight from you ladies would be very helpful. For those of you who smoked when you found out you were pregnant - how did you quit? What were the best ways to get yourself past the physical addiction?
Thanks so much in advance, everyone!