Reseachers have concluded that the patch is safe during pregnancy. A study has found that patches are less dangerous than smoking for a baby's health. I'm not certain if all patches are safe, so I would consult with your doctor on which one is best for you. Stacey
I'm was a 2 pack a day smoker. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, about 6 weeks,I went to my doctor. He said that due to my stressful life that if I quit smoking I could put stress on the fetus and end up loosing my baby. He put me on the nicotine patch and told me to stay with that for the rest of my pregnany. Dr. said that "1 chemical- Nicotine, is better than the hundereds of toxic chemicals you get when smoking." I followed the patch instructions and weaned myself from step 1, to 2 then 3. About 2 weeks before I had my child was done w/the patch. He's now a healthy 5 yr old boy and I'm pregnant w/my 2nd child now. Unfortuantely I started smoking again after my 1'st child, so I'm weaning myself again. Hopefully I can stay a non-smoker after I have this child.
I just found out I'm 4 weeks pregnant and I asked the OB nurse over the phone if I could use a nicotine patch, she checked with the doctor and he said No. I would think that one chemical is better than all the others, but my plan to quit just went up in smoke (so to speak!). I have tried to go cold turkey in the past and failed. But, I did quit for 3 years by using the patch. Anybody have anymore stories or advice?
You asked for advice, so I will tell you what helped me. I was about four weeks into my pregnancy with my daughter when I found out I was pregnant. I quit cold turkey, and I did it by photocopying pictures of smokey lungs (and posting them), and writing a letter to my unborn child, telling her how much I love her, and that I loved her enough to do what's best for her. Dealing with the withdrawal was hard the first week, but I scheduled myself to do other things, like cleaning, grocery shopping. Whenever I wanted a cigarette, I changed my activity and did something else to get my mind off of it. Sit down, and make a list of things that you enjoy doing, if possible to distract you. I also found crochet to be very good, because it occupied my hands, and hard candy helped with the oral fixation. I know it's hard, and to reinforce your choice to not smoke, photocopy portions of your baby books, or go onlinne, to get specific pages that tell you why smoking is bad for your baby. Think of all the positives, of never going back, such as being around for your kid's wedding. My father has lung caner, and it isn't pretty. Seize the day and have a positive outlook, and you will do fine. Good luck to you
The nicotine patch is possibly not safe for long-term use, but it is safe and approved for short-term use. The nicotine patch has far less risks than smoking, but it is not entirely risk free. The nicotine patch is a known carcinogen, and its probability of causing cancer might be greater than was first though. Nicotine also puts stress on the heart and raises blood pressure. Nicotine can do a lot of damage, even if it is not in the form of a cigarette.
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