- Smoking when pregnant can lead to premature or small birth weight babies.
- Smoking around newborns or while breastfeeding is just as bad and is a risk factor for SIDS.
- Smoking around your older kids means they're more likely to take up the habit.
New research says if you smoke when you're pregnant, later on, your kids will be more inclined to pick up the habit. This is new and big news because this wasn't previously considered a risk factor for kids picking up the habit. According to the research, backed by University of Arizona researchers, "Smoking while pregnant "biologically primes" the unborn child to become a regular smoker as a teen and young adult." Research lead, Dr. Roni Grad, notes, "Somehow smoke is changing the brain chemistry... If you are exposed to smoking prenatally or in the early years of life, you are much more likely to be a chronic smoker at the age of 22."
The final say (according to the new study) is that all in all, children of women who smoked during pregnancy are four times more likely to become regular smokers.
THE GOOD NEWS:
Pregnancy is a great time to quit. While some pregnant mamas have a hard time quitting, overall pregnant women have a much higher success rate at quitting smoking than any other group of smokers. Learn how to quit smoking if you're pregnant.