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This post isn't that long, but I'm just really ticked right now because I found out two weeks ago that I'm pregnant (found out this past Tuesday that I'm 6 weeks preggers), and my fiance will not stop smoking in the house, as well as the same room that I'm in! I smoked before I found out I was pregnant (about a pack a day, same as my fiance) but I had to quit for the baby's sake so I feel he should care enough to at least smoke outside. I've shown him two different articles, one in a pregnancy book and one in a pregnancy magazine, that show that second hand smoke is basically the same thing as if I were lighting up. Any advice on how to get him to smoke outside? I've tried telling him how it's the same as me smoking, I've shown him the two articles, but nothing has worked.
If I were in the situation I would tell him if he didn't keep his smoking outside that I would find another place to live. Make him understand you are not just making empty threats and he needs to respect your needs and ultimately the needs of the baby.
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Hmph! Men are poopoo heads!!! GRRRR! I think that's very inconsiderate of him.
How would he feel if you had a smoke while you were preggers? If you know he would get really pissed off and hissy about it, then honey, you need to give him a wake up call. Next time you two are just sitting together, and he lights up, make a point to grab his pack, take a smoke out, put it in your mouth and ask him to pass the lighter. Like I said, if you know he's super against it, then he'll freak out, tell you to get that smoke out of your mouth and blablabla about how bad it is for the baby. To which you can reply "why can't I smoke? You smoke around me and it's the same thing as me having one, so why should I have to through the trouble of quitting?" Maybe that'll get to him and make him realize you're not joking. Now, don't actually have the smoke but threaten at least. Tell him that you've gone two weeks w/o smoking because you care about this little one, and if he cares, he needs to at least make the effort to take it outside! It's not like you're asking him to quit altogether! You're really not asking for much.
And on the other hand, if he's indifferent about smoking while preggers, then maybe try a little guilt from your end. Tell him that quitting smoking is extremely tough...the body goes through withdrawl and causes stress...The harder it is on you, the harder it is on the baby...You could actually end up losing the baby if your body goes into too much of a shock (try not to let this scare you, but this is what my doc told me. I also smoked before baby so he told me that I need to quit slowly, not right away all at once because the stress can make me have a miscarriage). So to make it easier for you, he needs to take it outside, otherwise he's causing more stress on you, which puts the baby at risk. I mean, seeing him light up must make you kind of crave, no? I still crave when my mom lights up in front of me, and please don't hate me, but I've had one or two drags of her smokes just to ease the craving. So I know first hand that it's way harder to quit when those around you aren't!
I dunno, you don't have to take any of this advice, but definately talk to him. And if her persists, and it still really bothers you, then leave. Take a week or two and go stay with your parents, or a friend or something...He'll get the picture.
Good luck sweety! Ah! All this talk about cigarettes are making me want one!!! Good thing I don't have any and no one around me is a smoker. (oh yeah, never mind, I'm alone right now because my b/f is visiting precious mommy!!! AHHHH!!!!!)
I completely understand where you are coming from. I smoked before I was pregnant and quit...dh still smokes. It was hard to tell him to go outside, I understand him....I used to smoke too. My dh is disabled and can't always go outside in the weather, so he's allowed to smoke in the bathroom with the window open and the vent going. We also have an understanding that once the baby arrives, there's no smoking in the house. I keep fans running in the bedroom if I smell the smoke (but usually I don't since the bathroom is on the opposite end of the house, and is well ventilated). It was a compromise that we all could live with.
Truthfully, I just whined enough that he got sick of hearing about it. And there have been plenty of times where I refused to kiss him or be around him because he smelled like smoke.
Give dh some time and work on him without yelling, screaming, or lecturing. He'll come around....it's just going to take some time (as it is with any addiction). You were able to quit because you have a life inside you.....he does not have that and can't completely comprehend the way you do (for the time being, that will change when you get further along and he "sees" things happening). The more you push him, poke at him, and such, the more resentful he'll become. You should know....you smoked yourself once before too
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Thanks so much for the replies everyone. I haven't yelled at him or anything, I've just asked him to PLEASE go outside. I've told him "You're going to have to smoke outside when the baby comes anyhow, so why can't you do it now", "You smoking in the house is the same as smoking with a baby in the room", and I've asked him "Would you sit here and blow smoke in our baby's face because that's basically what you are doing". Nothing has worked so far. What makes me really ticked off though is that when his sister was preggers (we were living with her at the time) he would NEVER smoke around her in the house, and if she came outside he would put the cigarette out. So why the heck won't he do that for his fiance and his OWN baby!!!??? And, his sister has already had her baby, and everytime he knows they're going to be over at our house he'll smoke outside that whole day before they get here and while they are here. I just don't understand it. I guess I'll just have to go outside everytime he smokes until he starts feeling selfish and guilty. Thanks again for the advice.
see, id be a real b**ch about it, when you see him light up, grab it out of his mouth and throw it outside, along with the rest of his pack.... and say...
you wanna smoke that bad..?? GO GET IT! and then tell him he cant come back inside until he is done[/b]
I agree. . . we gave it up, and if he won't do that, then he should be banned from the house while smoking. actually, i used to get a sense of satisfaction out of him having to smoke outside in the rain with no shelter. . .
Jenny (22), mama to Zoe (3.5) and Selene (5 mo), and fiancee to Dale (22)!