Secondhand Smoke Link to Stillbirth and Birth Defects

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have discovered that pregnant women who are exposed to secondhand smoke at work or home have an increased risk of delivering a stillborn by twenty-three percent and of having a baby with birth defects by thirteen percent.

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All of the women in the studies were nonsmokers but they were exposed to secondhand smoke by either their spouse or a co-worker. The collected data indicated that all it took to increase the risk of a stillbirth or birth defects was the secondhand smoke from ten cigarettes a day. “However, the University of Nottingham study did not find an increased risk of miscarriage or newborn death from second-hand smoke - only an increased risk of still birth and birth defects.”


Something many couples do not consider when trying to conceive is effect that smoking or secondhand smoke has on a mans sperm count. Researchers say a lot more studies need to be done to determine exactly what effect smoking prior to conception has.



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