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edited July 2016 in Health & Medicine
I know this topic will raise a few eyebrows, but here we go:

I have always smoked since I was a teenager and never really felt the need to try and stop. When we planned to have a baby my husband and I discussed this issue and what I was going to do going forward. I have decided to stop during pregnancy but could not really imagine to stay a non-smoker to be honest. Luckily I managed to stop during pregnancy but right after I gave birth I had to have a cigarette.

I know a lot of people will not understand me but that´s okay. I spoke to the midwife who had to get the head nurse and they let me go for a cigarette with my mum.

For that I got a lot of nasty looks but that did not bother me too much. A few midwifes were really nice about it though. One said that she knows we are both grown-ups and that everybody knows that it is bad for your health. Which is true, I do know that and I do know smoke around my baby and when I went for a cigarette in the hospital I did wash my hands and brushed my teeth before I got my baby again.

So my question to smokers. Did you manage to stop for good or did you start again?



  • I don't smoke, but I am allergic to smoke. Actually my whole family is, including a few who are extremely allergic and have asthma, needing an inhaler when they smell smoke.

    My baby is also having a lot of reactions to smoke. One thing I didn't know is that acid reflux is much higher in babies who experience second-hand or environmental smoke. I think when you smoke it's hard to realize how much you affect non-smokers, but it is really a pervasive habit that affects others in so many ways.

    I think it's a good idea to try your hardest to quit for good. You never know what kinds of problems you might be causing your child with cigarette smoke.
  • Asthma is also really common as well as sinusitis and headaches. That's just from is find hand smoke. Also don't forget that you're making yourself significantly less healthy which will affect how well and how long you cab be a mother.
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