Pregnant Women Who Smoke Are Far More Likely To Have Deformed Babies!

Wed, July 13, 2011 2:26pm EDT by 3 Comments

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ONE-IN-FIVE moms-to-be still smoke while carrying their unborn children — and new research shows they’re exposing their babies to horrible birth defects.

Babies with smoking moms are up to 50 percent more likely to be born with missing limbs, clubfoot, cleft lip and skull and stomach deformities.The findings are based on research carried out in the UK over the last 50 years on more than 11 million babies.

It’s made all the more alarming because of survey results that show 17 percent of women still smoke while expecting and 45 percent of girls under 20 refuse to kick their cigarette habit when they get pregnant.

Study author, Professor Allan Hackshaw, from University College London, explains the findings, “People may think that few women still smoke when pregnant. But the reality is that, particularly in women under 20, the numbers are still staggeringly high.”

Maternal smoking during pregnancy is a well established risk factor for miscarriage, low birthweight and premature birth,” Professor Hackshaw adds.

“However, very few public health educational policies mention birth defects when referring to smoking and those that do are not very specific – this is largely because of past uncertainty over which ones are directly linked.”

“Now we have this evidence, advice should be more explicit about the kinds of serious defects such as deformed limbs, and facial and gastrointestinal malformations that babies of mothers who smoke during pregnancy could suffer from.”

“The message from this research is that women should quit smoking before becoming pregnant, or very early on, to reduce the chance of having a baby with a serious and lifelong physical defect.”

Does this scare you, HollyMoms? Did YOU smoke while pregnant?

– Ian Garland

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Anthony

Posted at 12:29 AM on July 27, 2011  

I couldn’t agree more with Gini….So thats 2 out of how many other babies that were born with something wrong with them? It is proven many times that smoking does raise the chance for those things so why take that risk with your child. Smoking while pregnant is just plain selfish. And it shows what kind of mother a woman is going to be before her baby is even born. One who obviously will put herself first before her child. That’s the truth!!

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Courtney

Posted at 2:39 PM on July 13, 2011  

haven’t had children myself yet though My mom smoked through both her pregnancies and neither myself or my younger brother ended up with any of those deformities. these doctors are just being alarmist as usual

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gini

Posted at 12:53 AM on July 14, 2011  

So thats 2 out of how many other babies that were born with something wrong with them? It is proven many times that smoking does raise the chance for those things so why take that risk with your child. Smoking while pregnant is just plain selfish. And it shows what kind of mother a woman is going to be before her baby is even born. One who obviously will put herself first before her child.

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