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It’s a Success!

Green County – I started smoking when I was 13 years old because all of my friends were doing it. When I was younger, I only smoked occasionally, but I was up to a pack a day by the time I was 17 years old. I decided to try to quit smoking when I found out I was pregnant, because I was worried about the health of my baby if I continued smoking so heavily.

I began cutting back little by little, but I had some trouble keeping my hands and mind occupied. It was especially hard in the early morning and just before bed, when I really wanted a cigarette. I took my mind off it by snacking and going for walks, and to occupy my hands, I would play with a pen or with rubber bands.

I really appreciated that my First Breath counselor congratulated every single milestone I reached, no matter how small it was. I felt great about every little bit of improvement, because my counselor was so encouraging. My friends and family were also incredibly supportive during my quitting process.

Since I’ve cut down on smoking, I’m saving a lot of money, and I don’t reek of cigarette smoke anymore. Moving forward, I aim to completely quit smoking once and for all. To other pregnant moms trying to quit smoking, I’d say: just think about the health of the baby!

Thank you,
Rachel (First Breath Mom)

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