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Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy

You may have just learned you are pregnant, or you may be months along. Either way, it’s not too late to make a change. Every cigarette you don’t smoke is a benefit to you and your baby. Deciding not to smoke can be a tough choice, but you can change. Even if you’ve tried before, don’t give up. Many smokers try quitting four or five times before they succeed.

Pick a Way to Quit

You can stop smoking in either of the ways listed below:

  • Cold turkey. Today you smoke, tomorrow you don’t. This is rough at first, but changes take place quickly and withdrawal may be shorter.

  • Tapering off. Over time, reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. To do so, increase the amount of time between each smoke. Try not to inhale.

  • Join a stop-smoking group or go online to get support.

Set a Quit Date

No matter which method you choose, pick a date to quit smoking entirely.

  • Choose a date within the next 2–4 weeks.

  • After picking the day, mark it in bold letters on a calendar.

Set Limits

Whether you decide to quit cold turkey or to taper off, setting limits can help you quit.

  • Limit where you smoke. Pick one room or a porch, and smoke only in that place.

  • Make smoking outdoors a house rule. Other smokers won’t tempt you as much.

  • Hang a list of “quit benefits” in the spot where you smoke. Put one on the refrigerator and one on your car dashboard.

  • Join a stop-smoking group.

Your Limit List

Start by giving up cigarettes at the times you least need them. Write down a few more ideas.

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Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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