There are lots of myths about smoking in pregnancy, one of the most common questions I get asked is “is it really that harmful, isn’t the stress of quitting worse for my baby?” You might think you would feel more stressed when quitting, it’s really just withdrawal symptoms and cravings that women are really feeling.(which we can help with). Babies will be more stressed when mum smokes as their oxygen levels are reduced immediately. They are deprived of the full amount of oxygen they need for 20 minutes or more and their stress levels increase as their heart rate goes up by 15% to 20%. So it’s a myth, not fact. What other myths would you like to know the truth about? Just ask us, we’re here to help, not judge. Dawn-Specialist stop smoking in pregnancy team.
….and on this very topic, I have just seen a client this week who was 9 days quit and she asked me why she felt LESS stressed than normal,when she assumed she would feel more stressed without her cigs. I was delighted for her that she actually felt the difference in her perceived stress levels so quickly after quitting. “Stress” is really caused by smoking, the feeling of “relief” after each cigarette followed by the low of the withdrawal shortly after. If you are doing this 5, 10, or 20 times a day you are going to feel constantly in a state of “stress”
🙂 Glad to hear it was really working well for my client and she felt so much happier! Dawn Specialist Stop Smoking in pregnancy advisor