File This Under Yet Another Reason Not To Smoke During Pregnancy: Smoking During Pregnancy Could Change Your Baby's DNA.

File this under yet another reason not to smoke during pregnancy: Smoking during pregnancy could change your baby's DNA.
File this under yet another reason not to smoke during pregnancy: Smoking during pregnancy could change your baby's DNA. A study reviewed the smoking habits of the mothers and grandmothers of 173 children. The study specifically looked at the smoking habits of the women through a questionnaire and the researchers also collected DNA samples from the mothers and the children.
The change, called DNA methylation, can change a gene's usual function. The researchers argue that the altered genes, which can be passed from parent to child, may explain why some children are more likely than others to develop certain diseases, such as childhood asthma. (Source: Health 24)
Interestingly, there is a stronger association between smoking during pregnancy and gene changes in boys than in girls. Furthermore, "[e]xperts note that research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary because it has not been subjected to the rigorous scrutiny given to research published in medical journals." The bottom line to me is that nobody should ever smoke during pregnancy. More on smoking during pregnancy and around babies Risk of fetal heart defects from smoking during early pregnancy Why you shouldn't smoke around your baby Don't smoke during pregnancy - your child might become a criminal Poll reveals moms drinking and smoking during pregnancy Smokin' in the boys' room...or the car. With your baby

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