Call for the Next Round of Pregnets Bloggers

Pregnets is beginning the search for the next round of bloggers to write about their experiences related to pregnancy and smoking.

The role will begin in January 2015 and will last for 6 months. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until January. For more details, including the application please see this link:

https://www.nicotinedependenceclinic.com/English/Pages/Bloggers.aspx

 

 

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing”

Are you pregnant? And still smoking cigarettes?

If so then I am sure you can understand the feeling when people give you that look of disgust when they see you smoking or purchasing a pack of cigarettes. For me, these looks are insulting, degrading and make me feel ashamed and embarrassed. So why not just quit?  I know it is easier said than done, and I can honestly say I am trying so hard to quit. Continue reading

Facts vs My Reality

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Random fact: In Canada, approximately 13%-18% of pregnant women use tobacco during pregnancy (Health Canada, 2011)

Even though, I quit smoking during pregnancy, my journey has not been easy. I think of smoking on a daily basis. Sometimes, I even can’t wait not to be pregnant….just to have 1 smoke or even just a drag.

Random Fact: At least 30-40% of smokers quit during pregnancy – which is far higher than the cessation rates amongst the general population; moreover, the majority of those who quit report doing so “spontaneously” – or on their own – without formal intervention (Health Canada, 2011). Continue reading

Think Nicotine Calms You Physically? Think Again.

As a smoker, I always thought that taking that edge off of my nicotine cravings helped to ease my nerves by having a cigarette. The habit/addiction led my brain to believe that having a cigarette calmed me down.

It wasn’t until I started attending my smoking cessation counselling that I learned that nicotine actually makes peoples’ blood pressure and heart rate higher. In fact, the nurses in this program check my blood pressure at every appointment to make sure it hasn’t dipped too low after quitting smoking. It was insightful and a welcomed change to SEE how quitting affected my blood pressure. Continue reading

The unsupportive person…

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Has there been anyone around you that has been unsupportive of your quitting journey?

For me, almost everyone was thrilled to hear that I quit smoking. Heck, I was beyond thrilled that I had finally managed to do it.

Yet, from time to time I would come across someone negative.  There was one person who made a comment that still bothers me to this day.  “Why would you bother quitting AFTER having kids? What sense does that make?” I could not believe that anybody would have the audacity to ask this question with the chastising tone in their voice… right to my face! Continue reading

Walking without a crutch

I was doing so well with my tobacco intake. Even though I had not completely quit I had myself down to less than half a pack of cigarettes a day, which is personally very good for me. Now, here come my excuses: currently I have been going through a lot. I have recently had to file for custody of my daughter, which means past memories of an abusive relationship have been replayed over and over again in my mind. I have also had some health issues arise, which on its own seems like enough to give somebody that extra push to quit, but unfortunately for me it has added stress and increased my tobacco intake. I feel that smoking gives me a slight relief from the stress but many people would say that it is all in my head. Instead of focusing on the slight relief I feel after having a cigarette, I need to remember the harm that it is doing to my body. Continue reading