Less Smoking Also Better For Unborn
A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry gives another reason pregnant women should quit: heavy cigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of the child developing schizophrenia.
The research focused on women in Finland who gave birth between 1983 and 1998. Scientists compared the births to a database of people diagnosed with schizophrenia. They found that 20 percent of smoking mothers had given birth to children with the disorder. Only 15 percent of mothers in a control group had.
This is a correlation – the study doesn’t say that heavy smoking caused schizophrenia. But it should serve as yet another warning against lighting up during pregnancy.