Smokefree After Baby

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Many women quit smoking when they become pregnant. However, about 40 percent start smoking again 6 months after they have their baby. Quitting smoking has benefits for you and your baby that last longer than the 9 months of your pregnancy. How can you stay smokefree for yourself and your baby? Start by thinking about:

  • What new stressful things and triggers do I face as a smokefree mom?
  • How can I deal with the new things in my life that stress me out or make me want to smoke?
  • Who can I talk to if I’m having a tough day?
  • What help do I need to stay smokefree and who can give it to me?
  • If I slip, how will I get smokefree again?
  • Why is it important to me to stay smokefree?

Your life as a smokefree mom might hit some rough patches if you slip or feel like you might slip. It often takes several tries before you find what works for you to be smokefree. Each time you quit is like practice for the time that it really sticks for you. You learn new things about yourself and your smoking patterns, and you get new quit-smoking tools to add to your toolbox, based on what works for you in any given quit. Quitting smoking is a big deal. Be proud of all you’ve achieved, including the many things you learn along the way on your smokefree journey.

Remember that you’re not alone. Connect with Women Who Quit or SmokefreeTXT for support whenever you need it.

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