While smoking during pregnancy is commonly known for affecting the physical health of the mother and child, such as low birth weight, birth defects, and preterm birth, new research shows how it also has an impact on the child’s mental health too.
This study, from the same research team that found a link between smoking during pregnancy and an increased risk of bipolar disorder in offspring from 2013, shows that children born to mothers who smoke while pregnant are 38% more likely to develop schizophrenia than children born to mothers who didn’t smoke.
The authors from the study believe that the results they found calls for future research on maternal smoking to focus on identifying the underlying biology that connects smoking during pregnancy and schizophrenia.
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Source: MediLexicon International Ltd