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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Quitting smoking is hard, staying quit is harder

Many women are able to quit smoking when they are pregnant. Some women quit as a way to protect the health of their growing baby, or because they don’t like the taste of smoking anymore. However, most women will go back to smoking after having their baby.

Why do women start smoking again?

There are many reasons why new moms start smoking again, even when many say that they wanted to stay quit:

  • A return of smoking urges. Many new moms say that cravings come back after their baby is born. And these urges can come suddenly – catching new moms off guard so they are unprepared to resist them.

  • Dealing with mood. Babies bring joy and laughter, but many new moms also experience stress and anxiety as well as limited sleep. As a result, they can fall back on smoking to help them feel better and cope with difficulties.

  • Women gain weight during pregnancy. And some new moms may want to lose their baby weight as soon as possible. Unrealistic expectations about quickly losing weight can cause women to smoke, especially if they had used cigarettes to control weight in the past.

The StayQuitMoms study

If you would like help and support to stay off smoking after your baby is born, consider participating in the StayQuitMoms program. StayQuitMoms is a research study funded by the National Cancer Institute that is testing the usefulness of a Web-based program to keep new moms smokefree.  The study is free, easy to use, and you can logon anytime your busy schedule permits. It was designed especially for pregnant women and new moms and it is filled with practical strategies and ideas for you to try. In addition, you’ll also receive support by phone from a personal coach to keep your motivation strong and help you stay on track.
To see if you are eligible to participate in the special StayQuitMoms study, just click the button below or visit www.stayquitmoms.com to get started. To get answers to your questions, please contact stayquitmoms@ori.org

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