Crazy in Love TV star and former Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona is still smoking, despite being heavily pregnant with her fourth child. However, Katona has used a popular alternative therapy method in a last-ditch attempt to quit the habit.
After taking a battering in the press for continuing her nasty habit while pregnant, the troubled star visited a hypnotherapist to help her stop smoking. However, Kerry could not help but have a last cigarette before visiting the therapist. She said: "I do not want to stop smoking. "I know I'm a good person, just because I smoke it does not mean I'm a bad mother."
Katona was filmed for her MTV reality TV show, Crazy in Love, at an appointment with hypnotist Marisa Peer. Prior to her appointment, Kerry explained how much of her addiction depended heavily on her mood. She said: "The least I smoke is five a day and the most, if I'm depressed, is 20." After being hypnotized, Kerry referred to herself as "now a non-smoker", but just a day after the session she had already experienced intense nicotine cravings. She said: "The hypnotist thing I do not know if it's working."
Katona is thought to have started smoking again after the treatment, but has cut down significantly. She said: "I'm only on 3 or 4 cigarettes a day and I'm temporarily trying to quit."
It seems that smoking is not the pregnant star's only vice; in another episode of the show, Katona was seen with a glass full of alcohol on a number of other occasions. In fact, she could clearly be seen holding a full glass of champagne, as well as appearing to enjoy a large glass of rosé wine during a meal out with husband Mark Croft.
She has previously dismissed criticism of her decision to drink during her pregnancy. She said: "I'm sorry but what woman who is pregnant has not had a glass of wine? Get over it. A lot of women have more than that. However, as Katona has been plagued by health problems throughout her pregnancy, many critics have pondered why the star is putting her unborn child at even more risk.
Katona had a serious miscarriage scare during the early stages of her pregnancy, but the baby somehow survived. Earlier this month, the star caused filming on her reality MTV show to be suspended when she was forced to enter The Priory for treatment to ease her depression. Just last week, Katona was also subject to a major health scare; she was admitted to Macclesfield Genera Hospital after a midwife became concerned that she had developed pre-eclampsia, a potentially fatal condition that strikes during pregnancy and causes harm to both the mother and unborn baby. However, it was later discovered that her swelling was due to water retention and the star was released.
Still, with so many health scares, why is the star risking more? It looks like another trip to the hypnotherapist is in order …
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