If You're A Smoker, Quitting As Soon As You Learn You're Pregnant Can "Drastically" Increase Your Growing Baby's Health, According To A New Study.
If you're a smoker, quitting as soon as you learn you're pregnant can "drastically" increase your growing baby's health, according to a new study.
It's not a good idea to smoke while you're trying to conceive. And really, we all know that it's not a good idea to smoke, period. But if you do happen to be a smoker, quitting as soon as you learn you're pregnant can "drastically" increase your growing baby's health, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed clinical, lifestyle and socioeconomic data from 50,000 pregnancies and determined the following:
They found that women who gave up smoking at the time of conception or when their pregnancy was confirmed gave birth to babies with a similar weight to those born to mothers who had never smoked, cutting the risk of complications associated with low birth weight.Additionally, avoiding cigarette smoke exposure during pregnancy also reduced the chances of having a premature birth. The researchers also noted a "trend" of women smoking for the explicit purpose of having a smaller baby. One of the researchers stated, "It is important that people who believe that a smaller baby means an easier birth take into account the increased risks of complicated deliveries in smokers as well as the risk of disease later in life which goes with low birth weight." (Source: Guardian) More reasons not to smoke during pregnancy Baby's cholesterol affected by smoking during pregnancy Baby’s DNA changed when mom smokes during pregnancy Risk of fetal heart defects from smoking during early pregnancy Don’t smoke during pregnancy – your child might become a criminal Poll reveals moms drinking and smoking during pregnancy