Surprise - Smoking While Pregnant Not Healthy

I know you'll be shocked, but yet another study shows that smoking while pregnant is unhealthy for your developing baby....
I know you'll be shocked, but yet another study shows that smoking while pregnant is unhealthy for your developing baby. We already know that smoking leads to low birth-weight babies and other problems, and now a new study conducted by the CDC, and published in the journal Pediatrics shows that there's a connection between maternal smoking and congenital heart defects. Researchers on the study observed statistically significant connections between first-trimester cigarette smoking and the risk of heart defects. Congenital heart defects are the most common of all birth defects and a leading cause of infant death. If a baby has a congenital heart defect and lives, the condition may still cause a lifelong disability. One problem with this study is that the smoking was self-reported. We know, from other studies, that many pregnant women hide their smoking habits, which means even more babies could be affected. What this study means to you: Smoking is worse than ever. Each year new health problems related to smoking are discovered. If you're pregnant, or considering pregnancy, quit smoking. Even if you've already learned you're pregnant, you can still quit, each cigarette you don't light up is a step towards a healthier baby (and a healthier you). Take a look at the following posts: Read the key findings about maternal smoking and congenital heart defects at the CDC website. + Maternal Smoking and Congenital Heart Defects in the Baltimore-Washington Infant Study

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