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.
Some people choose a quit day. They choose a day, and vow to quit. For some this way works great, for others it does not. Some get to their quit day and push it further and further away. Someone very close to me made the decision to quit this way, so I decided to ask her a few questions about it.
I will call her K for privacy purposes. She smoked while she was pregnant and while breastfeeding just like I did. Her little one is two and a half now! This was not her first time attempting to quit smoking, but it is the longest she has made it so far. K is 19 days smoke free, and here are some questions I asked her!
Me – How far ahead did you choose your quit day?
K- I only planned it a week before and it was a last minute decision
Me – How did you make sure you stuck to your quit day?
K- I just felt like it was time and that I was ready!
Me- What has been your biggest challenge since you quit?
K- My biggest challenge has been finding something to occupy my time to avoid thinking about cigarettes. Also changing my routine a bit so that certain things don’t trigger smoking.
Me- Has there been anything that you used to substitute smoking?
K- No, I did not. I was armed with a clear head and I used an app on my phone for extra motivation.
Me- How do you feel so far?
K- I already feel way more energized, more alert and aware (like a brain fog disappeared) and I can breathe easier. Only downfall to quitting (as for how I have felt) was not being able to sleep at first.
My next blog we will discuss a girlfriend of mine who is currently attempting to quit with an e-cigarette.