Quitting smoking takes baby steps. It’s never too late to quit smoking when you’re pregnant. Quitting smoking before pregnancy is best for both you and your baby. However, quitting any time during your pregnancy can help improve your health; and what’s good for you is good for your baby. Keep in mind that the sooner you quit, the better. We know how hard it is to quit. Help is available.
You may feel a lot of pressure to quit smoking for your baby’s sake, but there are many benefits for you as well. While taking this journey to quit, think about the benefits of being smoke-free for life. Think about the rewards for you. Prepare for setbacks. Celebrate successes. Picture your life without tobacco addiction.
When you quit smoking you will:
When you quit smoking when you’re pregnant:
You may want to write down the benefits of quitting that mean the most to you.
No matter when you quit using tobacco, you’ll notice benefits right away. Within:
Think about the good and the not so good things to help you prepare to quit.
Think about what you just wrote and how it can keep you on track with your decision to quit. How can you replace what you think are the good things about using tobacco with healthier choices?
For example, if you said it helps you reduce stress, think of how you can do this in a healthy way. The not-so-good things about using tobacco tell you the reason why you want to quit—your motivations to quit. Keep these ideas handy.
Make a list to remind you why it’s important to keep trying! The good things about quitting also tell you more reasons to try quitting. The not-so-good things tell you reasons why you don’t want to try quitting. How can you overcome these concerns you have? These are your road blocks from making a successful quit attempt. Write down what you learned about yourself.
Current as of: September 5, 2019
Author: Tobacco Reduction Program, Alberta Health Services
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