Recruiting Bloggers

Pregnets is still searching 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

How Will I Stay Smoke-Free After My Pregnancy?

I am eight months pregnant….and I am due to have my baby in a month. I am so excited to be a mother and start this new stage in my life. As a mother, I do not want to smoke in front of my children. I do believe in the common saying “Monkey See and Monkey do”. I am my child’s role model and my child will look up to me. Unfortunately, even though I know I don’t want to smoke, I have been investigating ways of smoking after the baby is born. Continue reading

My Top Five Reasons That Make It Hard to Quit – Part 2 The Things I do to Make It Easier

In my last post, I talked about the top reasons why it’s hard for me to quit smoking. This week, I’m revisiting these reasons and discussing strategies that help me overcome my urge.

1. Routine – The routine or habit of smoking when I wake up, after a meal, at the bus stop, at the next bus stop, with a coffee, with a coffee at the bus stop, the list goes on.

  • I change the routine by one small thing at a time. I do something else, something positive and fun to distract myself from the old habit.
  • To distract myself at the bus stop I read a book that grabs and keeps my attention, or surf Facebook or the internet on my phone;

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Welcoming a new baby girl

I recently gave birth to my second daughter via c-section and during the days leading up to her arrival I was very nervous about the effects that my smoking would cause her. Luckily, my smoking during pregnancy did not cause either of my children to have any health problems, but some woman aren’t so lucky. My mother was a smoker, a heavy smoker at that while she was pregnant with me many years ago. I was born premature and was in the hospital for several weeks after my birth with respiratory problems. Throughout my childhood I was in and out of the hospital (usually due to my asthma). My mom was able to quit the habit when I was about 4 years old and thankfully I was able to pretty much grow out of the asthma and respiratory problems I once faced. I would be lying if I didn’t admit how scared I am that my child is going to face the same issues when she is born, so I will continue to try my hardest to cut back and kick the habit for good. Continue reading

What is Tobacco?

I have been trying to understand my addiction to Tobacco, therefore I decided to research “what is Tobacco?” Is the power of this addiction soley on me, or do I experience similar difficulties as everyone else that has tried to quit? Are my dream episodes about smoking a personal experience or does everyone else who tries to quit smoking….dream of having a smoke?

The relationship between human beings and the Tobacco plant have a long history. The book ‘Pharmako/Poeia – Plant, Powers and Herbcraft, by Dale Pendell” has been an interesting companion in my personal journey in trying to understand this Poison- Tobacco.  Continue reading