Benefit of Blogging #1: Opportunity for Self-Reflection!

Here at Pregnets, we want to make sure we are helping our users – including pregnant women, postpartum mothers, families and support networks, and health care providers – as best as we can. Since we wrapped up the Pregnets blog in July, we took some time to speak with 5 women about their experiences blogging for Pregnets. The following is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting some of the major lessons we learned from our conversations with our bloggers.

Lesson #1: Blogging is a great way to self-reflect! Continue reading

Thank you from Pregnets!

Dear readers,

We are so proud of the incredible year we’ve had with the Pregnets blog! As the first phase of the blog wraps up, we wanted to express our gratitude for the incredible support we’ve received over the past year.

Thank you bloggers!
We want to thank our bloggers, Deborah, Llew, Lucy, Melissa, Nathalie, Ruma, and Tracie, for sharing their heartfelt reflections with the Pregnets community. The Pregnets Team was thrilled to learn that the writing process helped our bloggers in their quit journeys and that they may continue to share their stories with Pregnets from time to time to update us on the new successes and challenges they face along the way.

Thank you supporters! Continue reading

My Experience

Well everyone who has been following my posts, I thank you very much for the support! This will be my final post 🙂

What has it been like blogging for Pregnets?

My experience being a blogger for Pregnets has been wonderful. I have thoroughly enjoyed every step of the way. It has made me realize how much I like to write, but also how much I like to read as well. It has made me dig deeper into some of my own thoughts about my smoking/my quitting. It has also brought me closer with my husband after we had a chance to discuss how he has been feeling through this process.  It was interesting for me to discuss with so many other people their experiences, and the methods that they chose to use/try. Continue reading

My next steps…

Wow…time has gone by so fast. I still remember writing my first blog on Pregnets. Over the year, my life has changed drastically. I have given birth to a wonderful baby boy. Throughout my blogs my smoking challenges have been illustrated. When I was pregnant, cigarette smoke made me sick and was not easy to remove totally from my life, however after giving birth smoking is something I crave and I am struggling with limiting smoking on a daily basis. My priorities changed from the moment I got pregnant, because I want to protect my son but it was and is still hard. Continue reading

A Letter To My future Self

Hello all its Lucy again, this is my last blog for you so I better make it a good one eh? So I think in this one I will be writing a letter to my future self.

Dear Lucy,

I am so proud of us! We did it! We quit smoking and our family is back together. I know we’ve tried so many times to quit smoking and most of them was to no avail. But the last one was the right one, with the will power of us, the help of our husband and our three beautiful girls I knew we could do it. Continue reading

STATS and QUESTIONS

The philosophy of life and death cultivates questions that all humans struggle with.  We strive to live, and avoid death. Yet our lifestyles tend to kill us.

According to Statistics Canada, See attached Link http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/Canada/2014/01/29/deaths-1200.jpg

The Top Ten Causes of Death

  1. Cancer – 72,476
  2. Heart Disease – 47,627
  3. Stroke – 13,283
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases – 11, 184
  5. Accidents – 10, 716
  6. Diabetes – 7, 194
  7. Alzheimer’s – 6, 356
  8. Influenza and Pneumonia – 5, 767
  9. Suicide – 3, 728
  10. Kidney disease – 3, 294

The top 4 causes of death listed by Statistic Canada can all be linked or associated to smoking.  As if we didn’t know already, smoking kills…and it kills quite frequently.  So why do we do it?  Many would say it is just a bad habit.  Some say they like it.  Some say they have attempted to quit, but failed.  But I would postulate that most people feel, in the end, that they need to smoke.  The fact remains, that smoking kills. Continue reading