Posted by: Lana | 2004/10/22

Smoking and pregnancy

I am 9 weeks pregnant and still smoking. Now I have 2 questions:

1. Before I found out that I am pregnant, I used Zyban to quit smoking. Completed the whole course (obviously unsuccessfully). On the pamphlet I read that Zyban is not recommended for pregnant women. Should I be worried about any negative effects on my baby, and if, what kind of tests could be done to determine whether any harm was done?

2. I really want to quit (I am a heavy smoker, about 20-30 a day, which is WAY TO MUCH for any person, especially a mom-to-be!) Is there anything I can do that will not harm my baby in any way, to make the withdrawal symptoms easier to cope with?

Thank you in advance.

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Zyban would have the same effects on the baby as smoking, i.e. decreased blood flow to the placenta. You could try hypnosis to stop smoking.

Best wishes

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