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Dr. Maria gina Tiomico
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Is it safe to quit smoking cold Turkey while pregnant or will it stress the baby out and possibly cause miscarriage?

Dr. Maria gina Tiomico
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Is it safe to quit smoking cold Turkey while pregnant or will it stress the baby out and possibly cause miscarriage?

Stop smoking: Smoking decreases good oxygen supply to the fetus; therefore, stopping cold turkey during pregnancy is not a bad idea for the benefit of the fetus. ...Read more

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Quit Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


Dr. Kathryn Mercer
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Is it safe to quit smoking cold turkey in pregnancy?

Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Is it safe to quit smoking cold turkey in pregnancy?

Yes: Quitting smoking doesn't cause withdrawal symptoms like quitting drugs. People tend to be irritable and testy and they will crave the nicotine, but this passes in five days, or so. After that, the craving is more about the habit. Some people get relief from chewing gum or eating carrot sticks. Doing things you can't do while smoking helps, too. Take a shower, or swim. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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People are telling me it's unsafe for me to quit smoking cold turkey i'm 20 weeks pregnant is this true that my baby could go into shock? Help

Dr. Dean Giannone
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People are telling me it's unsafe for me to quit smoking cold turkey i'm 20 weeks pregnant is this true that my baby could go into shock? Help

It works, go for it.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! And it'll be better for your baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Mintz
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I quit smoking cold turkey, at 15 weeks pregnant i'm now to week 17 I have placenta previa will not smoking help it to move?

Dr. Milton Mintz
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I quit smoking cold turkey, at 15 weeks pregnant i'm now  to week 17 I have placenta previa will not smoking help it to move?

Not an OB: Specialist, but i dought it- whatever you do never smoke again, or be near anyone who smokes, particularly near baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Mintz
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My sister-in-law is pregnant, when i told her she should quit smoking she said the doctor said take her time not to quit cold turkey. Is that normal?

Dr. Milton Mintz
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My sister-in-law is pregnant, when i told her she should quit smoking she said the doctor said take her time not to quit cold turkey. Is that normal?

I disagree: No matter how she quits, she should do it right away ; never start again, particularly around the baby when it comes. ...Read more

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Dr. Fred Gallo
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I have to quit smoking, and i can not do it cold turkey, i tried the patch, but i come out in a rash, is the e- cigarette a good choice and is it safe?

Dr. Fred Gallo
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I have to quit smoking, and i can not do it cold turkey, i tried the patch, but i come out in a rash, is the e- cigarette a good choice and is it safe?

Yes: The e-cigarette delivers nicotine in water vapor and the nicotine content can be tapered over time until you quit altogether. But don't just depend on this method alone. Also consider behavioral approaches and techniques like energy tapping. ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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Can you successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Can you successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

It works, go for it.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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What is a good way to successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

Dr. Dean Giannone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What is a good way to successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

It works, go for it.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! ...Read more

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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Is it too late anyway to become healthy if you quit smoking cold turkey at 43?

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Is it too late anyway to become healthy if you quit smoking cold turkey at 43?

Never too late.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! It's never too late to try to get the health benefits of quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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Yesterday morning, I quit smoking cold turkey. What should I expect to experience over the next week(s)?

Dr. Paul Grin
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Yesterday morning, I quit smoking cold turkey. What should I expect to experience over the next week(s)?

Withdrawal symptoms: First of all congratulations! There are no side effects when you quit smoking cold turkey, but you can expect significant withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. Here are some symptoms to expect insomnia, restlessness, muscle cramps and poor concentration. I know, you can do it. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


Smoking (Definition)

More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more


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