Hi all, a little about me, I'm 35, 5 months pregnant and until six days ago was smoking 30 cigarettes per day. I've also been what I thought was a profoundly addicted smoker and have smoked since I was 14 years of age. I've only had one serious quit attempt in all of those 20 years which lasted about 4 months (although thinking about it seriously I cheated by allowing myself special cigarettes so that when a crisis hit I just went from the odd cigarette straight back up to the full consumption). So what is motivating me this time - I suppose it's primarily guilt. I really believed that I would quit cigarettes when I got pregnant, that somehow those magic lines on the stick would make me want to but unfortunately that wasn't the case. Since telling people I'm pregnant I've had to endure criticism, lecturing, looks of disdain everytime I've lit up which totally stressed me out and I actually started smoking more - strangely the only person who wasn't like that was my husband (who isn't actually a smoker and has never smoked). However, I really want to be a non-smoker for me! I was sick of coughing so hard in the morning that I would almost choke, sick of being a slave to cigarettes, sick of smelling awful.
I guessed I joined here because whenever I try to discuss with family and friends the advice I'm getting is - well if you really need a cigarette just have one every day or so, you should try the patch / gum / e-cigarette, well if you can just last until the baby is born then you can go back to smoking, now is not a good time to quit as you have so much going on maybe you should try to cut down!
And all of the above comments were from non-smokers?? I guess I feel that the advise they are giving is not helpful even though I know they care and are trying to understand. I guess I wanted to meet people who did smoke, successfully quit and won't unintentionally undermine my quit.
At day six I'm feeling cautiously optimistic, depressed at times, hungry constantly, and not craving cigarettes as much as I expected to.