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Complications of smoking during pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   I am 32 yr old , have been smoking last 10yrs. I smoke on an average of 5 -6 cigs a day.i got married 2 yrs back. I got pregnant last nov 2010 where my preg turned out to be ectopic. This month I have been ask to do hysteroscopy to identify the internal problem
Doctor :   ok
User :   Doc I want to get pregnant and love kids. But the thought of quitting ciggis is more stressful than reducing it to 2 ciggis a day. I am sincere to myself and will never ever make a fool. It is not that I tried but the thought of quitting for nine months is killing and is more stressful.
Doctor :   i can understand your problem
Doctor :   but you have to realize that its for not just YOUR good but for your unborn child too
Doctor :   giving up smoking is one of the hardest thing to do
Doctor :   now we have nicotine patches you apply on your skin
Doctor :   they help you to kick the habit
Doctor :   but most important its your will power
User :   doc i dont want to do tht.
User :   no nicotine patches..
User :   Can I have 2 ciggis a day during pregnancy
User :   Will it affect my child growth with just two ciggis
User :   doc are you therr
Doctor :   even ONE will cause significant damage and also you should avoid PASSIVE smoke too
User :   in abroad women smoke and land up helathy kids.
User :   how would you justify that.
User :   i dont disagree with you it is bad. i know that.
User :   i just want guidance.
Doctor :   i think you are not aware of the the facts
Doctor :   abroad or any where in the world
Doctor :   pregnant women do continue to smoke, increasing the risk of stillbirth, premature labour, low birth weight, and pregnancy complications such as miscarriage and bleeding.
User :   if i could have left then i would for be not looking out for guidance
Doctor :   the risks are many
Doctor :   Giving up cigarettes isn't as simple as crumpling up your last packet and throwing it away. You'll need to plan for the challenges that lie ahead. Most successful quitters set a "giving up date" and make it public by telling close friends, colleagues and family. But if you're pregnant, it's important not to wait too long.
Doctor :   Once you've established the "when", it's time to think about the "how". Ask yourself if you're ready to go cold turkey or if you'd prefer to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).
User :   DOC ALL RESEARCH IS DONE 10++ CIGG
Doctor :   Whatever approach you take, you'll need to plan ahead for cravings. These only last two or three minutes on average so your plan can be a simple one. Some people chew gum or grab a bite to eat, others go for a walk. Find something to distract your mind for a few minutes and help you resist the call of the cigarettes
Doctor :   i am here to guide you correctly
Doctor :   as a physician
User :   DOC I HAVE COME DOWN TO 2 COZ I WANT TO..
User :   but the stress of leaving is making it difficult
Doctor :   you have to quit if you dont want any risks
Doctor :   Support from friends and family can increase your chances of success.
Doctor :   Don't wait for the support to come to you, though. Ask the people closest to you for their help. If you know an ex-smoker, plan to give her a call when a strong craving hits. If friends or family members smoke, ask them not to smoke in front of you. If your partner smokes, encourage him to give up his habit
User :   I UNDERSTAND ALL THAT DOC.. AND AM TRYING
User :   BUT SOMEWHERE I AM NOT GETTING PREPARED FOR THAT
Doctor :   dont worry
Doctor :   Don't wait for the support to come to you, though. Ask the people closest to you for their help. If you know an ex-smoker, plan to give her a call when a strong craving hits. If friends or family members smoke, ask them not to smoke in front of you. If your partner smokes, encourage him to give up his habit
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