This article was last updated 05 February 2012
Are you an expecting mother who is still smoking, but wants to stop?
Congratulations, you are doing the best thing you can to protect the health of your baby.
Make no mistake; smoking can be devastating to your baby both while you are pregnant and after the delivery.
But you are ready to quit smoking while pregnant, are you not, so good for you!
First of all, please, do not beat yourself up about smoking while pregnant. You are not a bad person; you just have a bad habit. And just the fact that you are reading this article shows that you want to do the right thing for your baby.
So let's see what we can do to put an end to your smoking habit once and for all, and start your journey to a smoke-free pregnancy.
Pregnant women who decide to quit smoking are faced with a myriad of smoking cessation choices, but as an expecting mother you have to choose a smoking cessation method that meets your needs.
Well, you have to make sure your baby is kept safe, so you want to make sure that you choose a method to quit smoking that is:
So is there a way to quit smoking that meets all of these criteria?
Yes there is, but let's take a look at a couple different ways to quit smoking that you, as a pregnant woman, definitely need to avoid like the plague.
First of all do not even try to quit smoking "cold turkey".
Trying to quit with no help offers you a very low chance of being successful. Next, rule out smoking cessation medications as these are just not safe during pregnancy.
Lastly, forget nicotine replacement therapies like the patch. They work by replacing the nicotine from cigarettes and you want to avoid nicotine while pregnant. So steer clear of these ways to stop smoking while pregnant.
Now that we have ruled out the unsafe ways to stop smoking what is left?
It seems like we have taken everything off the plate. But we haven't there is one smoking cessation technique that we have left and it meets all the criteria we have listed above.
What is it?
Hypnotherapy, specifically NLP based hypnotherapy. NLP is short for Neuro Linguistic Programming.
And it is the best way for expecting mothers to kick the smoking habit. It meets all of the necessary criteria: being a type of hypnotherapy it fits the criteria of being chemical free; it is very effective and has a high success rate, and it works fast.
It also has the added benefit of being very easy to use; you do not have to see a professional to stop smoking while pregnant with NLP.
With NLP all you have to do is listen to a specially programmed recording to stop smoking while pregnant.
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