Smoking is hard habit to kick, anyone who smokes can tell you that. Being pregnant should help to make it much easier, but that's not always the case for a lot of women. If you are a smoker and are pregnant, it's really important that you don't stress yourself out about smoking. Should you quit because you are pregnant? Absolutely, you should try very hard! If you're smoking two packs a day before you get pregnant and you continue to do so while you're pregnant, you should not. I understand that it's hard to stop smoking, but you CAN cut back as to how many cigarettes you have a day.

Yes, women have babies every day that smoked through the entire pregnancy, many of those babies turn out perfectly normal, but some may not. You have to realize that you are taking a risk on your baby's well-being if you're smoking during pregnancy. Don't beat yourself up about it, just try your very best to at least cut back if you can't quit. It's much easier said than done to put those cigarettes down and say you're done. I know!

Chew Gum

Chewing gum will give you a refreshing taste in your mouth. For some people, it can make them less likely to smoke as much when they chew gum. Try a kind where the flavor will last longer like Orbit or Trident. Mints can also help, I would recommend Ice Breakers.

Drink Water

It sounds crazy, but water really can help if you drink it a lot. Basically, for most people smoking is nothing more than a habit out of being bored or having something in your mouth. Water helps to just keep your mouth wet, but it really can help the urge for a cigarette.

Take Deep Breaths

For some people, the sensation of smoking is to actually be inhaling the smoke. If you take a few deep breaths when you have a craving, it really helps! Plus, it's a lot better to inhale that fresh air instead of smoke!

Have an Unlit Cigarette

Sometimes all we need is to have the cigarette in our hands. Hold an unlit cigarette and pretend to smoke it. If that's too tempting for you, then just try a pen or something that resembles a cigarette.

Whatever you have to do to make sure you stop smoking or don't smoke as much, please try! Think about the health and well-being of your child and yourself as well. Think about the impact that your smoking may have on your child later. It may cause your child to smoke if you're smoking around him/her. Worst of all, smoking can lead to such an early death with lung cancer. I don't want my child to see me in that condition and I'm sure you don't either. If you're ever going to quit smoking, now is the time. You will never have a better excuse to quit than being pregnant and if you don't quit while you're pregnant you'll probably look back and say "I was so foolish, I should have quit then when I had the perfect opportunity."