Things that would agree with a pregnant belly.
100 Things to do instead of smoking!
I was (and still am) a big fan of chewing on coffee stir sticks. I would cut them in half and chew on them for as long as the crave lasted.
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Might you try Fireballs, or Sour Patch Kids? I know folks here have used both! You can also bite into a lemon to stop a crave in its tracks!!!
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. I am not sure which, if any, are safe for pregnancy, and would check with your doctor before using any of them. If you go that route, I personally would recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) our site has been inundated lately with folks who have become addicted to vaping and are having a hard time putting it down.
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
I was all about Sour Patch Kids, but I would strongly suggest deep breaths, blowing bubbles, listening to your favorite music, maybe even a little dancing and drink lots and lots of water. You can do this and you certainly have the incentive!
Congratulations on your quit AND on your pregnancy.
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I drank a lot of water and chomped on carrots and celery sticks plus I kept a bag of sugar free mints around too, congratulations on your precious quit journey and your pregnancy. godsgotme84
Welcome - suck on lemons - congrats on NICOTINE FREEDOM
Very small sips of water, ginger ale,
Deep breaths/close eyes
Chores you like to do
Video diary the moment that you need to get your mind off cigarettes, watch next day
Take time to plan and get a treat (movie? music?)
Listen to a mystery on radio (youtube has loads)--the mind listens when a story is told by someone else
Get a white noise devise (very inexpensive) and set to your favorite sound
Engage your other senses (get creative) not just taste/food
Get or make a mini zen garden--sand and rake and a few stones will do
Test ginger candy to see if it agrees with you
Also a fan of Sour Patch Kids and chewing on straws. Video games are also a great way to occupy your mind.
Mine is jolly rancher- watermelon flavor. Maybe that helps
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