08 Mar '11, 10pm

Mums, even second-hand smoke is bad for your unborn baby

NEW YORK - Women exposed to second-hand smoke while pregnant are more likely to experience a stillbirth or have babies with birth defects, according to a report published in medical journal Pediatrics. It was found that stillbirth was 23 per cent more common and birth defects were 13 per cent more common among women who lived or worked with smokers. Researchers combined data from 19 studies that looked at the effects of second-hand smoke on the rates of miscarriage, newborn death and birth defects. The rates of miscarriage and newborn death were similar whether or not women were exposed to second-hand smoke. However, when researchers pooled the data on all birth defects, they saw an increased risk. In half the studies analysed, fathers were the primary source of second-hand smoke. However, it was unclear if the birth defects were due to the mother inhaling the father's sec...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110309-0000160/Mum,-e...

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