Withdrawal When You’re Pregnant

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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The nicotine in cigarettes is addictive. That’s why many smokers who decide to quit go through some degree of withdrawal. Quitting smoking while you’re pregnant won’t change withdrawal symptoms. You may still be uncomfortable or feel not quite like yourself. But withdrawal from cigarettes will not harm your baby.

When you quit smoking, the first few days may be the hardest. Typically, withdrawal symptoms decrease over time. However, cravings may come and go weeks or even months after the last cigarette. Some women have more cravings while they’re pregnant or right after having their baby, possibly because of the changes in their bodies or stress. Learning practical ways to deal with cravings can help you meet the challenges of withdrawal.

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