new and getting ready to stop (Saturday)

Hi all!!

Well hubby and I went to the chemist today to register on their smoking cessation program. We were told we would have a 1-2-1 counselling session to go through some advice and tips with us but they were very busy so they just handed over some patches and gum and told us to go back in a week!!!!! :(

We have decided that Saturday morning is when we will wake up and be non-smokers....(hopefully). Poor steve has smoked about 30 a day for about 15 yrs and I have smoked about 20 a day for about 10yrs. We are spending more money on cigs than on our mortgage and seem to be getting less fitter by the week. We have horses and with all the snow last week up in the hills where we live we couldnt get the car up the lane to do the horses and we had to walk over a mile up really steep hills in the snow and I was horrified how unfit I am.

The main reason for us quitting is that Im 10 weeks pregnant. We did want to quit before trying for a baby but we just didnt have the willpower so it really is a must now for us both to stay smoke free.

We will have a nosey through the rest of the forum for advice and tips but please throw as much support as possible our way!!!!!! :D

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  • Hi Mandy & Steve,

    Welcome to the forum & Happy New Year to you both!

    Without a doubt quitting will be one of the best things you ever do not only for yourselves but for 'bump' as well....congratulations by the way!

    You will get lets of support on here.

    Good luck.

    Gaynor xx

  • Hi and Welcome to you both

    I gave up mid October and can honestly say I never thought I'd get this far. I did but yet didn't expect to if that makes sense? The beginning can be tough bit it really really does become easier and you have (you both have) a great reason for stopping now. Congrats to you on Parenthood to be.

    A shame your local chemist wasn't more helpful but have you contacted your local GP's surgery to see if they have a quit nurse you can see?

    As your already planning on reading around the forums make sure you read the links in peoples signatures. The more info you have on the whys and what for's, the better your understanding will be about why it's good to quit and how to make things a little easier for yourself.

    All the best to you both and keep us updated on your progress.

    This site for many people has been one of the best quitting tools available so make full use of it and it's members. Some great hints and experience around.

    Best wishes

    Pol

  • hey mandy and steve,

    good luck to both of you,you will really notice a difference to your fitness quite quickly after stopping amongst all the other lovely benefits..........

    GOOD lUCK TO YOU BOTH

    Baz

  • hey u 2 weldone and congratulations on ur good news and stop....

    you will find lots of support on here to keep you strong and focused... its not easy at times especially the first week or 2. i am going into week 6 and and very rarely think about it... keep away from temptaion. hope to see you on here for a long time

    sue

    xxx

  • Hey Mandy and Steve.

    Welcome to you both and to this forum.:)

    I have not smoked for 5 weeks now and I have to say I never thought I would do it.

    I would suggest you go to your Doctors surgery and see a smoking nurse. I had the same reaction as you, when I went to a chemist. (Also you get smoking aids cheaper on prescrition when seeing a nurse!).

    Also this forum is brill. You get advice, support, laughter and friendship on here. You also feel that you are not the only people going through these strange feelings you get while giving up!!!!

    Post messages on this forum and also more importantly read other peoples messages as they will give you the encouragement and support we may need.:)

    Congratulations on the good news about the baby.

    Good luck on your progress and keep us posted.

    Ju

  • Hi Mandy and Steve :D

    Congratulation on the coming baby as well as deciding to stop smoking

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new

    members

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathising with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    This link is good for the psychological part of quittinghttp://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Symptoms.html

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here

    Love

    Marg

  • Well done Mandy & Steve, and congratulations on your great news - and quitting together means that you each know exactly what the other is going through

    You've been told the best advice, read as much as you can, understand the addiction - and stay on this forum. It really works. After 40 years of dedicated smoking I stopped 2 months ago. Champix got me off them, but this site has kept me smelling a lot nicer.

  • HI Mandy and Steve

    Congratulations on the baby....the very best reason there is to stop.

    It helps stopping together, my OH stopped 2 weeks after me in October and it is great not having to deal with someone elses cigs etc around. But we have dealt with our quits differently, but that is ok as long as we stay stopped.

    Keep posting here, and reading it really does help. I am sure there will be a January group set up (or you can start one) the group support is fabulous.

    Anyway, Happy New Year to you both and look forward to watching your progress.

    Hugs xx

  • Hi all!!

    We have horses and with all the snow last week up in the hills where we live we couldnt get the car up the lane to do the horses and we had to walk over a mile up really steep hills in the snow and I was horrified how unfit I am.

    Hi Mandy and Steve, first two congratulations. Congratulations on the baby and a big congratulations on deciding to stop smoking. I'm only coming up for a month so I can't give you the wisdom as many on here can. What I can tell you is I have basically gave up cold turkey and I am still going.

    I don't want to frighten you but when I stopped I did not have this forum I only joined 3 days ago. I wish I had joined at the start as I am only discovering things now I would have liked to know before I stopped. One thing I know now is I am an addict, like it or not we all are and the first few days are getting rid of the nicotine from your body then your body and brain starts to repair it's self. That's what I am going through now.

    I have smoked at least 20 a day for 52 years and I would say the first 30 years was probably a lot more than that. Okay now I've told you some of the bad part, now the good part.

    As I said I have now stopped for 29 days and boy what a difference already in how I feel. I breath in the mornings, no coughing in the morning or during the day. In the morning my lungs were full of flem and it took me a good half hour to clear them, I would have a cigarette and it was worse. Now that's all gone and it's great I feel great.

    I don't know where you live as you are "up the hills", well this is why I took the above quote. Like you we live where it is snowing very badly we have over a foot of snow in many places so, we have not been able to get the car back up the road to our house (about a mile). I have had to on a few occasions walk down to the car and walk back to get home again WITH BAGS OF SHOPPING (I am 63).

    I just could not do that 3 weeks ago, now, no breathlessness it's great and well worth what I have went through in the last few weeks. There are so many other things that I forgot were there, taste, sense of smell and more.

    Don't expect it to be easy, both of you have to stick together. I did it for me, you can do it for yourself, each other and the baby. Boy what a new year it could be for you both, stop smoking and have a new baby.

    All the best,

    Jack:)

  • Hi Mandy and Steve

    Congratulations on your decision to quit. This forum has been a great help to me - the support shown by everyone is fantastic. Keep reading the posts and when you feel like throwing in the towel just come on here and post.

    Remember - never take another puff!

    Keep strong

    Soosyx

  • good luck for saturday mandy and steve!

    congrats on finding this forum as as well - it will help you loads! :D

    what a great way to start a new very special year and decade!

    did you guys get snow? it was magical in london :D

  • It is thebest decision you will ever make ....It might not feel that way for the first couple of weeks, but soon it gets easier. This forum is great for support.

  • Welcome to the forum and above all, congratulations on being an expectant mum and indeed future parents. :) (its wonderful!!) also congrats on deciding to quit smoking. (probably the best and only decision you can make)

    It is interesting the chemist gave you patches and gum and told you to come back in a week? Did you tell them that you were pregnant and at ten weeks out of interest?

    Either way, please read the information about NRT (gum, patches etc), on this askbaby page first.

    Any intake of drugs during the first trimester especially must be very controlled and checked, so ideally consult your doctor first before taking any of the NRT you've already got. Just because they were too busy to do a 1-to-1 session with you now, does not make what you've got safe until you've discussed the options properly.

    Sorry, i know you are hopeful, but before you embark on your quit while pregnant, its always best to check everything first.. especially during foetal development stages.

    (Yes i'm a dad, and loving the experience :) )

    Jase.

  • Hi all!!!

    Thankyou so much for all you replies and support, they really have given us inspiration. We are sat here watching corrie and preparing ourselves for the morning. We have been at Steve's mum most of the day for dinner and I am absolutely shattered. No sooner was the last mouthful of food in my mouth that I fell asleep!!!! Absolutely disgraceful considering she has spent most of the day preparing food for us, I am thoroughly ashamed of myself!!!! :o

    I was rather disgusted at the chemists attitude to be honest especially as i really wanted to go through any side effects of the NRT with me being pregnant but Resigned myself to the fact that as she gave me the products knowing i was pregnant then they must be ok...or at least the lesser of two evils....but i will get some advice from my doctor and midwife next week to confirm things.

    We live up in the hills in Todmorden between Rochdale and West Yorkshire and yes we have had tons of snow. 2 foot of it in most of the horses fields and the wind was so strong that it had banked up against the stone walls to 6 foot in places!!!!!! The water pipe at the yard burst so in order to get the horses some water we had to break the 4" thick ice on the pond and carry water buckets back through 2ft of snow for about 200yards!!!!! Its enough to make you need a cigarette!!!!!!! :D ONLY JOKING :D

    I cant wait to feel that I am no longer a slave to those damn cigarettes!!!!!!

    ROLL ON TOMORROW MORNING.

  • Hi Mandy and STEVE

    Great decision and you have a good incentive to stay quit and positive.

    I'm on week 6 today and as others have said the first week can be tricky but motivating each other will help enormously. I tried to quit in the past but hubby has never wanted to and still smoked in the house so my mind wasn't 100% on the quit. However this time we have both quit and he is very positive and we keep each other going.

    As another incentive you could always put the money you both spent on smoking into a special kitty for yourselves as a treat or towards buying things for the new baby when it is born.

    Hope you have a stress free day on saturday and good luck with the quit:)

    Jasmine 123

  • Mandy and steve

    The very best of luck with your quit this weekend, and congratulations on the baby, the very best reason for giving up.

    I know you have had loads of advice today, but you will feel so much fitter afetr just a couple of weeks of quitting,its amazing. I can now walk up really steep hill near me without stopping after 9 weeks of quitting, I use to stop half a dozen times and cough my heart out. Also I have a lot more energy during the day which is really great.

    Keep posting, there is always someone here to listen to you.

    Dee

  • support

    hey u 2 look how much support there is on here

    hoe to hear from u soon

    keep that baby smoke free xx

  • Hi Sara :)

    Well done you deciding to stop smoking a huge deision for most of us but sorry to hear about the health scare

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathising with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    This link is good for the psychological part of quittinghttp://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Symptoms.html

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here

    Love

    Marg xx

  • congratulations on the BUMP news :D:D:D

    this forum is fab ... everyone has been there or is going through the same as you are right now will always be some advice and support on here for both off you x

  • hey emma, just noticed your from reading, where abouts? i lived in reading for a few yrs, only moved back to oxford a few yr ago to have my little boy x

  • Good luck I feel your chemist has been shabby in your treatment maybe a proper non smoking nurse would be better, are you sure you wanted to go down the patches route it seems it was pushed in your face and told to get on with it.

    Good luck with the baby.

    Gary

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