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. For instance, I have created a strategic plan – smoking outside, wearing different clothes, washing up before holding my baby. All of these strategies are good, and I am trying to protect my child. There is a community program called “STARSS- start thinking about reducing secondhand smoke – http://www.aware.on.ca.” The STARSS program discusses small steps to protect children from the effects of second-hand smoke. My strategic plan is in alignment with the STARSS program. Which has given me a reason to say “it’s ok to smoke”….but wait it’s not ok to go back to smoking…its bad for my health as well.

I do not understand why I am thinking of these strategies to return back to smoking. I have gone through 8 months without smoking, why would I go back to smoking? I have been fine and actually felt better not smoking the last 8 months. Has anyone quit smoking during pregnancy and stayed smoke free after delivery? If so…how did you do it?

 

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