Sure, we take into consideration a lot of the things that might affect our unborn child or children while in the womb but some of those risks are completely unknown. While many people think doing this while pregnant is a bad idea they might not completely understand why.
I recently came across a study that showed me something I had never even thought about before. Sure, smoking while pregnant is not a good idea but did you know it could cause your baby to be schizophrenic? This controversial link was made a while back and is quite interesting to say the least.
This research was conducted in Finland and found that the more women were exposed to nicotine the greater chances their children were going to be affected by some kind of mental illness. This was linked with an almost 40 percent increased likelihood of schizophrenia, shocking right? Smoking habits were according to Metro UK assessed by looking at levels of a nicotine marker known as cotinine within the blood.
The summary of this study goes as follows:
Researchers report an association between smoking during pregnancy and increased risk for schizophrenia in children. The paper evaluated nearly 1,000 cases of schizophrenia and matched controls among offspring born in Finland from 1983-1998. Results showed that a higher maternal nicotine level in the mother’s blood was associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia among their offspring. The study provides the most definitive evidence to date that smoking during pregnancy is associated with schizophrenia.
While this might not sound like much to some of us, considering the fact that cigarettes are overflowing with carcinogens we should be keeping them as far away from our developing fetuses as possible. Smoking has also been linked with a higher risk of birth defects and miscarriages. What do you think about all of this? I for one think it is quite shocking.
Mental health is not something we take into consideration often and the things we do could impact that in ways we do not quite understand. Being as careful when pregnant as possible will benefit your child greatly. How do you feel about smoking while pregnant?