Smoking during pregnancy – news regarding mental illness

We’ve all heard about the dangers to an unborn child of smoking during pregnancy: asthma, ear infections, respiratory problems…

A new study out of Finland has found that children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are 32% more likely to find themselves on psychiatric medication than those whose mothers did not smoke.  In fact, the more the mom smoked, the higher the likelihood – to 44%.

The study refers to the fact that nicotine interferes with the fetal development of the brain and this underdevelopment is linked to mental illness such as ADHD and depression.

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