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“I would urge any newly pregnant mum or even if your further along, it’s never too late to consider giving up, to give it at least a try.”
Hayley talks about her surprise at how easy she found it to quit smoking with the support of the mums2be quit smoking service.
When I was first recommended to the mums2be quit smoking service, I wasn’t sure I was ready to give up. I’d recently found out that I was expecting my first baby and the changes that come with that can be daunting.
I’m thirty-two years old and I had smoked since I was a young teenager. In all honesty I enjoyed smoking – it was my ‘go-to’ in most stressful situations and obviously a very addictive habit. Part of me couldn’t see how they would be able to help me quit.
I started off on nicotine replacement patches with the sight of lowering the dose in time and eventually stopping using them. I had a consultation with a lovely ‘help to quit’ coach, from the stop smoking service. called Tracey. I couldn’t believe how understanding they were at times when I felt I couldn’t give up.
Within a few weeks I had completely stopped smoking and also stopped wearing patches, I just began to lose the sensation of wanting a cigarette. Also, the added bonus of knowing I was keeping my unborn baby safe made the whole thing worth it.
With the added help of weekly discussions with my coach, I actually didn’t find it anywhere near as hard as I thought I would to give up.
The support I have received throughout my pregnancy has helped me so much, it’s much more than just a stop smoking service. I would urge any newly pregnant mum or even if your further along, it’s never too late to consider giving up, to give it at least a try.
From someone who smoked a pack of twenty a day, I never thought I’d be capable of giving up. I thank the service tremendously for everything they have done for me and my soon to be little girl.
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Stoptober offers a range of free quitting tools including: the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan.
The Personal Quit Plan helps people find a combination of support that’s right for them, including expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and stop smoking aids.
Our local stop smoking service, Smokefreelife Somerset (SFLS), offers a free stop smoking service supporting Somerset residents to become smoke free.