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I know it doesn't look good but I only have a few cigs a day ' SMOKING STACEY PREGNANT.

Byline: Vikki White


PREGNANT TV star Stacey Solomon shockingly takes a long drag on a secret cigarette just two months before she is due to give birth.

The singer-turned-telly presenter's cravings got the better of her this week as she puffed FOUR cigarettes in the space of just TWO hours.

Stacey - the face of frozen food chain Iceland - slipped into an alley to light up the crafty fags outside The Works photographic studio in Fulham, south west London.

Last night when we approached the seven-monthspregnant Foxy Bingo celebrity mum of the year, she confessed she was "hugely embarrassed" about being caught out but claimed her doctor had given her the go-ahead.

The shame-faced star, 22, who first won the nation's hearts on ITV's The X Factor in 2009, told The People: "I know it doesn't look good but I only have a few cigs a day.

"I don't think I've let down my fans, But I do get a little stressed at times and a ciggie helps me calm down." She added: "I desperately want to stop smoking and I don't want to set a bad example. It's a tough habit to break but I'm going to give it my best shot."

Essex-born Stacey, who has three-year-old son Zach, says she smokes SIX a day - that's 1,680 throughout the 40-week pregnancy or 84 packets of 20.

But she says her doctor told her it would be "more stressful" on her body if she gave up smoking altogether. Last night health campaigners warned Stacey about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy, which is estimated to cause 2,200 premature births and 5,000 miscarriages each year.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of campaigning charity Action on Smoking and Health, said: "If Stacey is smoking at seven months she's got a serious problem.

She is to be pitied as she's obviously heavily addicted. She needs help not condemnation."

Last week, Stacey, who is fronting new Sky Living dating show The Love Machine with Chris Moyles, admitted she is finding pregnancy difficult.

She said: "I don't like being pregnant, it's tiring and emotional. I've had morning sickness and I feel lumpy and tired.

"The novelty wears off after a few months - I can't wait to be a normal size again and eat prawns."

In her autobiography Stacey: My Story So Far, she admitted there was hardly a day between the ages of 13 and 14 when she didn't skip school and go to the park with a packet of 10 cigarettes and cider.

Stacey is having the baby with 24-year-old fianc painter Aaron Barnham. Peril in a packet for the unborn CIGARETTES contain a cocktail of harmful drugs and poisons and can cause serious problems for unborn children, say medical experts.

But alarmingly, younger mums-to-be like Stacey are more likely to carry on puffing despite the increased risk of miscarriage and birth defects.

The risk of cot death trebles and the habit has also been linked to life-threatening ectopic pregnancies. There are big regional variations.

Women in the North East are three times more likely to be smokers at the time of giving birth than women in London.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, said: "It is difficult for pregnant smokers to quit but there is a lot of help out there."

The Department of Health is to launch a campaign this week to help mums-to-be kick the habit.

For more info visit smokefree. for advice.

Longing for a fag Pregnant Stacey sneaks into alleyway for a cigarette during a break from a photoshoot this week - and later admitted she gets through six a day Other celeb mums who puff away STACEY is the latest in a line of celebrity mums-to-be caught smoking.

Ex-EastEnders star Hannah Waterman, 36, was spotted puffing while seven months' pregnant last June.

Kerry Katona, 31, had a drag outside a pub while expecting her fourth child.

In 2006, GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, 44, apologised after she was seen smoking days before she was due to give birth.

Catherine Zeta Jones, 42, was caught smoking when pregnant with daughter Carys, now eight.

Kate Moss had a drag while pregnant with daughter Lila, now nine.

KATE MOSS Clutching a cig and bump HANNAH WATERMAN Right down to the Ender KATE GARRAWAY Ciggie before breakfast TV KERRY KATONA Having a drag outside pub


SNEAKY: Stacey has crafty ciggie round the corner, but drifting smoke gives her away
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2012

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