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i quit cigs, massive amounts of caffeine, and all alcohol within 24 hors of suspecting pregnancy. it was easy and effective. I was headachy, grouchy, and volatile for a week at least, but then life was all food and yummy beverages.
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
Mama to Sprout 4.09 and Bruises 7.11 handfasted to 9.07
Quitting slowly, even over the course of several weeks, is perfectly fine, I think. I think a smoker is more likely to quit for good then, too.
I don't think the patch versus the cigarette really matters to the baby. That would depend on what works better for the mom. It's the nicotine that affects to baby, not the delivery method, really.
Not correct. Studies have shown that "cold turkey" is the most effective way to quit smoking and has the best long-term outcomes.
Not correct #2. It is the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream that is deleterious to the baby. Smoking reduces blood oxygen levels. Also, there are hundreds of carcinogenic and toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke. The nicotine is the LEAST of this mother's worries. A patch or the gum would be infinitely better for the baby than actual smoking.
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