Category: Pregnancy

Any smoking during pregnancy may increase baby’s asthma risk

Tweet Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may have an increased risk of asthma — even if they were not exposed to secondhand smoke after birth, a large study of European children suggests. Many studies have found secondhand smoke may worsen kids’ asthma symptoms, or possibly raise their risk of developing the lung disease in the first place. But it has been less clear if smoking during pregnancy is linked to asthma. Most studi ... Jump to full article >>

Sperm of smoking dads can hurt child DNA

Tweet BRADFORD, England – Men who smoke before conception can damage the DNA of their offspring in the womb that may give him or her a higher risk of disease, British researchers say. Diana Anderson of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford in England, and colleagues found evidence showing why men should be urged to stop smoking before trying to conceive in the same way women have been urged to quit tobacco. A fertile spe ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking in pregnancy shock

Tweet ONE in five pregnant women in Wigan are still smoking up to the birth. The shocking figures released by the NHS Information Centre show that the borough’s mums are some of the worst in the country for smoking while pregnant. In the last year, 19.2 per cent of mothers giving birth were still smoking up to delivery – above the North West average of 16.9 per cent and the national average of just 13.4 per cent. Whilst the figures are slight ... Jump to full article >>

Women drinking, smoking in pregnancy

Tweet Australian women continue to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol during pregnancy, a new study reveals. Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has found 18 per cent of women smoked and 38 per cent of women drank alcohol while pregnant, with younger mothers more likely to smoke and older mothers more likely to drink while pregnant. The study, based on data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Chil ... Jump to full article >>

Pregnant women, new mothers get more protections under healthcare law

Tweet Among the changes: expanding Medicaid’s reach, preventive screenings, support services and insurance coverage requirements By the time women reach 44 years old, roughly 85% have given birth. Yet even though pregnancy and childbirth are so commonplace, health insurance coverage and support services to keep mothers and babies healthy are often seriously deficient. Some private insurers, for example, treat pregnancy as a preexisting con ... Jump to full article >>

UPDATE on the smoking baby

Tweet We’ve all been shocked by the photos of Ardi Rizal, the smoking 2-year-old from Indonesia. His 30-year-old father started his son on cigarette smoking at just 18 months old because the baby had a hernia. The 2-year-old now smokes 40 cigarettes a day! Ardi’s mother who is 26-years-old told CNN that she was smoking when she was pregnant, but after she gave birth she quit. She said her baby would just smell smoke and be happy. According to ... Jump to full article >>

Traffic fumes risk to IVF couples as living by road could cut chances of conceiving by 25%

Tweet Living near a busy road cuts the chances of fertility treatment being successful by almost a quarter, researchers have warned. A study of thousands of IVF patients found those who regularly breathed in traffic fumes were up to 24 per cent less likely to conceive than those who lived in less polluted areas. Nitrogen dioxide – a toxin pumped out by car and lorry exhaust pipes, power stations and gas cookers – has as big an impact ... Jump to full article >>

H1N1 Flu Hit Pregnant Women Hard

Tweet Although pregnant women make up about 1 percent of the U.S. population at any given time, during the 2009 H1N1 swine flu outbreak they made up 5 percent of deaths, a new study has found. Researchers also found that pregnant women who waited four days before seeking treatment were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) nearly 57 percent of the time, compared to only about 9 percent for pregnant women who didn’t delay seeking treatment. ... Jump to full article >>

Mothers-to-be who smoke ‘can harm son’s fertility’ say scientists

Tweet A man’s fertility depends more on his mother’s lifestyle than his own, research suggests. A large-scale review of factors affecting sperm production found that how a woman looks after herself in pregnancy could have a major effect on her unborn baby’s ability to father a child in adulthood. Smoking and exposure to pesticides and traffic pollution all do more harm in the first weeks of life than in the adult body, according ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco, alcohol and Women

Tweet Tobacco and alcohol harm men, women and children physically, mentally, socially and economically. In Sri Lanka the bulk of the social harm traceable to tobacco and alcohol is inflicted on and borne by women. On International Women’s Day, it is salutary to focus attention on the load of silent suffering women have to endure because of addictive substance abuse by men. Much can be done and should be done to reduce this avoidable sufferi ... Jump to full article >>