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Quitting Smoking and Avoiding Smoke During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

Make a plan for quitting.

  • Decide what times are the hardest for you, such as when you are restless or around others who smoke. Plan how you will handle your cravings during these times. For information on how to deal with cravings, see Quick Tips: What to Do When You Crave Nicotine.
  • Change your routine. Avoid those things that make you reach for a cigarette.
  • Find ways to cope. For example, take a walk after dinner instead of having a cigarette.
  • Find ways to cut down on stress in the first few weeks of quitting.
  • Talk to your doctor about nicotine replacement or medicines. If you are already pregnant, your doctor will recommend that you try other ways to stop smoking before using nicotine replacement or medicines. Most medicines that help you quit are not safe during pregnancy.

Get support.

  • Ask loved ones or people who used to smoke for support and tips.
  • Get counseling. People who use telephone, group, or one-on-one counseling are much more likely to stop smoking.
  • Join a support group for people who smoke.
  • Find an Internet chat room for 24-hour support.

Where can you find information and support?

If you're ready to quit smoking, congratulations. You are taking an important step for your health and for your baby's health. You can use these websites to find more information about quitting smoking:

  • www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/159_155.asp
  • www.smokefree.gov

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: July 23, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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