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<p>Quitting cigarettes and caffeine? I mean, obviously I quit completely, but does anyone have advice for the urges?</p>
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<p>BTW, I just took my 12th and 13th test, and the FRER just keeps getting darker and the Clearblue stays, "Pregnant"!!! I know I'm addicted, but I never thought this day would come and I love, love, love FINALLY seeing a positive!!! I'm still not due for my period until Sat., but since the FRERs keep getting darker, I'm hopeful I'll make it past my period due date. =)</p>
 

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<p>So far, my plan is eat more. Seriously, that's all I've got. I didn't smoke, but I did enjoy my beer. And I haven't quit coffee yet... still working on that one. (I know, I'm awful.) I get up before 6, teach all day, and have three kids running around. Plus, I'm a girl scout troop leader and I'm in grad school at night. So yeah, the coffee might take a bit!!! <img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif"></p>
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<p>Oh, I remember when I quit smoking, I chewed a lot of gum... </p>
 

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<p>I've been eating a lot, too, but I'm not trying to gain 75 pounds from it!!! LOL! On top of the 50 I'll gain from being preggo!</p>
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<p>I could try gum...</p>
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<p>And I have slipped up on the caffeine. Once. And it didn't even taste good. It was such a waste of being a bad mom. LOL!!!</p>
 

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<p>I don't know about cigs but caffiene was a struggle for me at first.  While TTC I cut down to about a cup a day of coffee (which they say is safe for pregnancy) but on my days off I would drink coffee all day long.  Once I was actually pregnant (last time my m/c) I tried really hard to drink only one cup in the morning to get me going.  I started to get really bad morning sickness and figured out it was the coffee causing most of it so after throwing up coffee every morning, it was easy to quit.  The caffiene withdrawl was pretty bad so I started getting those little bottles of soda and drinking one per day and tring to spread it out throughout the day taking really small sips.  Then I would drink a caffiene free soda and then eventually no soda.  The headaches were bad but I found the mental addiction to having something to drink other than water to be worse for me.  Some people just switch out for tea but I have never been a big tea person.</p>
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<p>After my last pregnancy I vowed to not drink any caffiene because of how hard it was on me to be both pregnant and suffering caffiene withdrawls so I haven't and I feel so much better.</p>
<p>I hope that helps a little bit.  Keep in mind where it isn't optimal, a small amount of caffiene is okay while pregnant.  Try cutting it out little by little.</p>
 

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<p>I found last time that once the real first trimester yuckiness hit, caffeine tasted so disgusting to me, it made me totally nauseous.  So that made it a lot easier to avoid.  I did have a caffeine withdrawal headache a couple of days but it really wasn't nearly as bad as It thought it was going to be!</p>
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<p>Plus I don't think you have to go 100% no caffeine.  Some small amount is OK during pregnancy, you may want to check with your dr. or midwife and ask what they advise.</p>
 

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I quit cigarettes a while ago, but not because of pregnancy. I found two things that really helped. They sound silly, but got me through. First, when I had a strong urge to smoke, I pretended like I was smoking. I put an imaginary cigarette between my fingers, inhaled, held it and then exhaled. For me, I had loved the experience of smoking so much that that helped. Second, I imagined my nicotine cravings were some evil little cartoon character with a handlebar mustache, a top hat and a cane sitting in my brain trying to stir up trouble. Then I resolved I would not let that nasty little man defeat me. I would not give in to him no matter what! It rally helped my resolve when I was at my worst.<br><br>
Good luck! It'll be tough but you'll totally do it be so proud of yourself for doing something so healthy for you and baby!
 

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I quit cigarettes a while ago, but not because of pregnancy. I found two things that really helped. They sound silly, but got me through. First, when I had a strong urge to smoke, I pretended like I was smoking. I put an imaginary cigarette between my fingers, inhaled, held it and then exhaled. For me, I had loved the </div>
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<br><br><p>I did this, too! It did help. Actually, sometimes I did it with an unlit cigarette for the full effect...<img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/blush.gif"></p>
 

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<p>I don't have any personal experience with the smoking but I haven't totally cut out caffeine.  I tried to cut it out during my last pregnancy and sometime at the beginning of the second trimester I started back on 1 small cup of coffee a day because it was the only thing that would get rid of my headaches.  I'm a teacher and it's hard to get through a day of lessons when you have a massive headache all the time.  </p>
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<p>This time I still have one small cup a day and everything I've read has said that was fine.  My doctor also told me that was ok.  I didn't realize it made me a bad mom...I don't know...maybe it does....I guess we can't all be perfect.  I'm not one of the lucky ones who developed an aversion to it!</p>
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<p>I have read that you should try to keep it to 100 mg per day so I keep that in mind and I don't drink soda or any extra caffeine. </p>
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<p>I used to have 2-3 cups per day before I got pregnant the first time.  So what I do is if I go to breakfast, I'll start with a regular cup of coffee then make sure any refills are decaf.  If I need a hot drink throughout the rest of the day I'll drink some decaf tea with honey or something.</p>
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<p>I figure most things are probably ok in moderation...well maybe not the cigarettes.  If you're worried about drinking too much caffeine, try to wean yourself off by mixing with decaf and slowly adding less regular and more decaf each day.  Good luck!  </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>TalkToMeNow</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1301173/any-advice-on#post_16300752"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><br><br><p>I did this, too! It did help. Actually, sometimes I did it with an unlit cigarette for the full effect...<img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/blush.gif"></p>
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Yikes!  I think if I had had a real cigarette in my hand, I would have just lit it!<br>
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