Aside from the use of patches and drugs, the practice of hypnosis and acupuncture are popular. Both are safe and drug-free, and have no negative effects on the fetus. Practitioners of these approaches claim that the sessions can calm cravings, but overall success depends on the level of personal motivation, the strength of the support system, and the number of cigarettes smoked.
Cold Turkey Method
One last method to stop smoking during pregnancy is to quit cold turkey. There is no sustained evidence that the stress incurred by quitting smoking harms the fetus. This method is considered one of the safest. Doctors claim that as long as the mother-to-be is smoke-free by the time she is 14-weeks along, then the baby will most likely be unharmed.
Smoking during pregnancy is a serious matter and quitting can be very difficult. The best approach is to take one day at a time, and stay focused on the worthy goal.
Keep reminding yourself that you are doing this not only for yourself, but for the health and well-being of your baby.
Regardless of which method you choose to quit, it's important to talk to your doctor who will provide you with counseling resources.
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