When I self-reflect on my journey of quitting smoking in pregnancy, I am not sure what actually triggered me to stop. There are a couple of components that I ponder:
- Smoking in pregnancy has been labeled in society as “Taboo”. Was it societal pressure that made me quit?
- Smoking in pregnancy can cause preterm labour, and other complications. Was it my maternal instinct to protect and care for my baby, which gave me courage to quit smoking?
- The smell of smoke in pregnancy made me feel nauseas and triggered vomiting. Did this physiological symptom help me quit?
The obvious question that I am trying to answer is…….How did I quit smoking in pregnancy? I do not know the exact day or time that I had my last cigarette. I got pregnant through fertility medication, and throughout my treatment I was still smoking. I thought that quitting during treatment would increase my stress levels. During my fertility treatment, I used e-cigarettes and cigarettes. The e-cigarettes helped with keeping my hands busy, and it helped with the habitual addiction. For instance, when I would get into the car, I would light up a smoke, however with the e-cigarette I would just have a couple of drags and feel the same sense of habitual pleasure.
After receiving the fantastic news of my pregnancy, I knew I had to quit smoking. So I just stopped ‘cold turkey’. I did not use e-cigarettes or any smoking cessation aids. Even though I can’t say what actually helped me quit, I feel all of the 3 components above played a role in helping me to quit.
How did you quit or reduce smoking during pregnancy?