I Will Ban You From My Realm If You Do This...

I received an email yesterday about whether smoking is ok while trying to conceive.

To clear the air (pun intended - aren't I clever at 5:30am?)...

In case that's not clear enough... NO!

I make allowances for many things such as alcohol, sugar, processed food, or slacking on exercise.

Smoking is NOT one of them. 

Whether you smoke or your partner smokes, it's the same thing. 

This applies to whether or not you're smoking directly or exposed to secondhand smoke by inhaling it.

Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and marijuana are banned when trying to conceive. 

If you ignore my decree as I have set forth thus, this is your punishment.  Pretend I'm Odin at the 55 second mark.  :)

Risks of smoking and inhaling someone else's smoke are:

  • Smoking affects each stage of the reproductive process, including egg and sperm maturation, hormone production, embryo transport, and the environment in the uterus. It can also damage the DNA in both eggs and sperm.
  • Increased risk of pregnancy complications, low birth weight, and birth defects
  • Increased risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. The risk of miscarriage increases with the amount smoked (1% increase in risk per cigarette smoked per day).
  • Menopause occurs 1-4 years earlier because cigarette smoke causes your eggs to die faster. 
  • In men, smoking causes lower sperm count (number of sperm) and motility (sperm's ability to move forward), increased number of abnormally shaped sperm, and decreased ability to fertilize eggs.

To kick the addictive smoking habit, try:

  • Hynotherapy.  Many people have reported success using this safe technique.
  • Dark chocolate.  It increases dopamine levels in the brain much like the nicotine in cigarettes.  Dopamine causes feelings of joy, pleasure, and satisfaction and is one of the principal neurotransmitters in the brain. Needless to say, moderation is key.  
  • Sex.  See above about dopamine.  Stress is often a trigger for cravings.  Can't think of a better way to get that dopamine rush and relieve stress.
  • Chew carrots.  It takes time to train the physical habit of lighting up and bringing something to your mouth out of you.  So replace the cigarette with a healthy snack.
  • "Snap" your cravings away.  Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you have a craving.  The sting will distract you and give you a moment to remember all of the reasons why you're quitting.  Taking a minute to journal what you're feeling at that moment can help you work through any emotions that trigger cravings.

The biggest key to kicking smoking to the curb is that you gotta want it badly enough.  If you don't have a strong enough motivation, nothing you do will work.  They're all temporary fixes.

I'm not an expert on quitting smoking - not my specialty since very few of my patients are still smoking by the time they come see me.  However, I do believe that if you focus on getting healthy overall with eating better and exercising more, quitting will be easier because smoking no longer fits your goals.

Now that you're convinced to stop smoking, I welcome you back into my realm.  You shall continue receiving my lovely daily messages. ;P

If you think this info is helpful, forward this email to a friend having fertility issues and invite them to opt-in at zenfertility.com/top10.

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt
For fertility acupuncture appointments in San Diego, call me at (858) 495-0771 or book here: http://juliechang.genbook.com/

The Real Deal:

  • Licensed Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA

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