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

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

A Letter To My Children

Dear Girls,

Hello my darlings, let me start off by saying I love you all very much. You three are the reasons I get up each day and the reason for my continuous smile. I am writing you this letter not only to let you know how much you all mean to me, but also how I feel about smoking.

I have never denied that smoking is a bad thing to do; even when I was younger I knew it was wrong. But now that I’m older and I see how you all feel when daddy and I smoke it hurts my heart. And I wish that I never started. But now that I have my three beautiful princesses asking me to stop and seeing you cry when I put playing on hold to have a cigarette, makes me know I need to change my ways. Continue reading

Having a positive support system

Well today I was having a very rough day. Things were just not going the way that I planned them. Everything I wanted to get done, did not, and things I didn’t think I had to deal with, came up. When I got home from class today, I walked over to the mailbox before walking to get my son from the babysitters. I expected the usual, bills, flyers, junk. But as I skimmed through I noticed a small envelope addressed to me. I didn’t even think to look at the address on the back as I opened it because I was just too curious. It was a beautiful very spring-like card; bright yellow flower, with a beautiful blue in the background as the sky. Continue reading

How I will speak to my children about smoking.

When I was younger, most people around me smoked. My parents smoked, in the car, in the house as well. Neither of them spoke to me about smoking, about it being bad, or the affects it could have on me, or the people around me. My mom smoked while she was pregnant with me, smoking just seemed… normal. My mother started buying me cigarettes when I was under age, she figured it would be easier for her to buy them, than for me to keep stealing the, or finding other ways to purchase them. When my husband was a child, his father did not smoke but his mother did. He was even younger than I was when he started smoking. It was also influenced by friends he had that were older than him. He used to steal cigarettes from his moms packs, but when he got caught, instead of explaining to him that he shouldn’t smoke, she was just concerned about him stealing. I do believe that part of the way our parents handled things was partially due to the fact that there wasn’t quite as much information available to them as there is to us now. It also was not expressed how severe the affects could be. Continue reading

Men and Women – Equal rights (or responsibility?) for the unborn child

As I continue my research on smoking and pregnancy, I have developed new insight on parents choices and the unborn child. Society and science have emphasized that maternal smoking is a major hazard to the unborn child. Smoking reduces the supply of oxygen and can decrease fetal growth and development. As I continue to research the effects of smoking, there is growing evidence that a father’s smoking may also affect fetal development. Continue reading