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Tips For Quitting Smoking

If you're trying to get pregnant, you already know you need to butt out for the sake of your health and your baby's. Smoking during pregnancy doubles your chance of having a premature or low birth weight baby, and it can hinder your chance of even getting pregnant in the first place. The good news is that as soon as you quit smoking, your chance of conceiving a baby naturally returns to normal.

Also, as soon as you stop smoking, your body begins to repair itself. Your nerve endings begin to recover soon after your last cigarette and your risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer dramatically drops. Your lung volume will become much better you'll find you can climb stairs or run without coughing and wheezing. So not only will your chance of conceiving increase, you'll be in better health to spend time with your baby.

Before you quit, you have to prepare yourself emotionally for the mood changes that you'll feel. In the past, you probably reached for a cigarette to calm your nerves or combat daily stress, so you need to understand that it won't be easy but it will be worth it. Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit, including conceiving, having a healthy pregnancy, and the quality time you'll have with your new addition.

Pick your date to quit smoking, and don't waver. Before your quit date, start to reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. Mark the date on your calendar, and throw out any unused packs of cigarettes so you won't be tempted. Place a jar on your refrigerator or desk and put the money you'd spend on cigarettes each week inside you'll be amazed how quickly the money adds up.

Nicotine patches and gum have helped a lot of people to quit smoking forever. Quitting cold turkey works for some, but for a lot of women it's necessary to use smoking cessation products to control cravings. Having a bag of sugar free candy or nuts on your desk can keep your mind off of smoking, and drinking water can help your body flush toxins.

A lot of people find help through smoking cessation clinics, where you can attend self help groups and receive counselling from people trained in addictions. You'll receive a customized plan to help you get through the cravings, and it can be helpful to talk with others who are going through the same thing at weekly group meetings. Today, some people are also seeking help for quitting smoking through hypnosis or Emotional Freedom Technique, which involves tapping and repeating positive affirmations on a regular basis.

There are many people who have successfully quit smoking, and you can too. If you give in and have a cigarette, don't view it as a complete failure, but see it as a minor bump in the road and quit again! Your health and the health of the baby you're hoping to conceive will thank you for quitting.


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