Smoking during Pregnancy May Lead to Behavioural Problems in Kids

SmokingA study has lately revealed that women who smoke during pregnancy increase the risk of their unborn babies to have behavioural issues.

In comparison, kids of mothers who do not light up while expecting have lesser odds of such problems. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, was conducted by Gordon Harold and colleagues from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

However, it has been proved by earlier studies as well that smoking cigarettes during pregnancy could be linked to children's behavioural problems later. But, the report said those reviews could not exclude the impact of other factors, including parenting techniques or genetics.

Data from a total of three studies from the UK, New Zealand and the US was put together. Women under the same had been asked if their smoked or not during pregnancy. It was found that children's conduct problems were reported by teachers at the time.

Besides, comparing children raised by adoptive mothers to those brought up by biological mothers, it was noted that the results were similar. Their birth mothers were surveyed about smoking.

"The evidence is emerging that smoking in pregnancy and the frequency of smoking in pregnancy is correlated with developmental outcomes after children are born", avowed senior author Harold.