Originally Posted by SillyMommy
: I can't imagine how torn and hard it must be. Have you tried any homeopathic remedies? I've heard of people having great results and there's no harm to the baby.
Do you know of any you can recommend (worked for someone you know)? I am leary of the ones that don't list ingredients, but I would check it out. I honestly believe I can do it this time. I don't smoke much as it is, not compared to blowing through a pack in an hour or so, like at the beginning of my last pregnancy... I am conciously and gradually cutting back to make severe side-effects a little less severe... I should be out completely in less than a week. I do have the gum if the cravings get too strong.
.... here is the thing about this conversation. There are a few people who manage to quit cold turkey once they realize they are pregnant. There are many, many more that physically cannot. And it tears me up inside when even exsmokers don't believe there is a physical addiction "Maybe because they care more about the health of their unborn child than their want to smoke?" I have quit (a big thing, even if I started again), I have tried to quit, I have tapered back, but the physical brain still craves. You should try going to stop smoking support groups- people who have had limbs removed because they continued smoking-- yeah, they just wanted to smoke more than they wanted to have legs and arms
... I don't want
to smoke. It tastes like dried $#@!, it makes me feel horrible, it is actually killing me.
Heroin addicts are not told to stop cold turkey because it can kill their baby. Instead, they are given methadone, which is less harmful. Methadone is actually less harmful than cigarette smoke. Why don't they give pregnant women methadone to help get off of nicotine? Why don't they just give pregnant women safe forms of nicotine? The docs told me that nic gum/patches were not safe during pregnancy- and I believed that it was possible to get too high of a dose. Tobacco is an acceptable drug in our country... our country was founded on it. You see how long the anti-smoking campaigns have been going on? There are still people who believe it is harmless.
Heavy tobacco smokers are told to gradually cut back because too quick of a withdrawl can kill their baby. Your heart rate changes, drastically and often. Your blood sugar is regulated by the tobacco- which means for most people, their blood sugar has not been maintained by the pancreas/own body for YEARS. Which is probably why JustVanessa
has had the episodes she posted about. Her blood sugar dropped quickly and she passed out. Feeling bad is only half of it. The changes in the way your body functions on and off nicotine is drastic.
Ugh. I could go on and on about why cold turkey is not the best method during pregnancy (or when you have another medical condition like diabetes).
But it is usually pointless to argue online unless you have some kind of medical study to back yourself up... and I haven't found one. But the changes the mothers body goes through, amplified to the fetus? Yes, cause for concern sometimes.
I just wish people would stop bashing smokers without knowing much about it. Yes, it is my fault that I chose to smoke as a child. Yes, I am the only one who can make myself quit. I don't think doctors are coddling women when they tell them to cut back as far as they can, nor do I think they are trying to keep them in the practice. When I said yes, I'm a smoker, the doc berated me for a good 5 minutes, and then changed his tune when i said how much
I smoked. And so, i asked every other doc in the practice and a few of the nurses, who all gave me the same verbal info- cut back gradually, quit if you can, but don't quit cold turkey. The research I managed on my own gave me the same conclusion. I wasn't trying to preserve my addiction, I was trying to preserve my daughter. And she was healthy, robust, 7 lb 1oz, 19.5 inches- stocky and strong, she lifted her head to look at me. She started scooting and rolling at 2 weeks, crawling at 4 months... I think I made the best decision.
And no, I don't believe having 4 cigs a day is better than being stressed out. I think both flood the bloodstream with bad substances that are detrimental to the development of the fetus and should be avoided if possible. But you can't avoid all harmful enviornmental factors, just like you can't avoid stress.
I'm not saying that all pregnant smokers should continue smoking. I'm saying each body is different and if you are a pregnant smoker, you should be aware of possible complications and keep a close eye on your bood sugar levels especially.
(This is an anecdote, and I'll end my little novel. Can you tell I haven't smoked today???- This happened to my FIL a few months ago: He is diabetic. He talked to his specialist who said quit immediately. FIL has smoked 30some years, so I guess the doc didn't think he would do it. FIL quit that afternoon, the next morning, driving to work, FIL passed into a sugar coma and wrecked, almost died. Saw same doc later that same day, doc told him about how smoking regualtes your sugar and that FIL should have notified doc as soon as he quit so that his insulin could be adjusted-- FIL is suing doc now because he had his liscence suspended, and the doc withheld important information about FIL's treatment... can you say malpractice? This info should be handed out to everyone.