Quitting Smoking

There aren’t any easy ways to quit smoking. No matter how you do it there will be challenges. Over my next few blogs I will discuss a few different ways to quit; how I did it and what I learnt from friends who have quit recently quit. I will start with myself. For those of you who have not read my previous posts, there is one discussing my journey with smoking while pregnant and also while breastfeeding. But I have also discussed when I quit. I had no plans to quit when I did. To sum it up, I was in labour and driving to the hospital (I would not recommend going alone if you don’t have to… But especially not driving yourself) so I figured I would have my last smoke before they admitted me. Then as I flicked it out the window I decided it would be my last smoke ever. And it was. Cold turkey worked for me, but I know it obviously won’t work for everyone. Whether or not it is “safe” for you to do at any point in your pregnancy is something you need to discuss with your doctor. I always used it as an excuse not to quit. I thought it would put my baby into shock. I was told different by my OB. He encouraged me to quit sooner, but I chose not to.  Continue reading

Smoking and Breastfeeding

As a mother, I want to give the best nutritional food to my baby. Breastfeeding is known to be the healthiest for a baby. Health Canada recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and breastfeeding has many benefits to the baby, mother and society.  I have been exclusively breastfeeding my baby boy since birth. I enjoy the bonding breastfeeding provides for our relationship. However, since I have been having a couple of cigarettes daily, will this affect my baby? Continue reading

I CAN Do Anything

My little sweetheart joined me almost 2 weeks ago, on her due date of all days. My contractions started on the Friday evening and she wasn’t born until Sunday late morning, a 40 something hour marathon and the toughest work I’ve ever done. They say the tough stuff comes with the best rewards and looking at my daughter’s face I can see how for once “they” are right. The labour luckily went just as I had hoped and planned and was all natural (that is to say without an epidural). Proving to myself and those around me just how strong I am and what I am capable of.  Continue reading

Quitting & Weight Gain

As of right now, I am just under 14 months smoke free. Let me tell you, I feel amazing! Well, other than the weight I gained. I have gained a total of 35 pounds since I smoked my last cigarette. Please, do not let this discourage you if you are currently reading this and thinking about quitting smoking.

I did not think that I would gain the weight, I was busy. I didn’t even realize the increase in the junk that I was eating, until recently when I looked back at the things that I craved instead of a smoke. Continue reading